Denver, CO (July 19, 2015): There is less than a month left to register for the Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle. The always-popular Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle, named a 5280 Magazine Editor’s Choice Ride for 2014, starts and finishes at the base of Vail Pass in spectacular Copper Mountain, Colorado on August 1, covers 78 mountainous miles and crosses three major passes. Open to the first 3000 entrants, the Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle has reached capacity in all but one of its nine previous years.
Named the 2014 Editor’s Choice Ride by 5280 Magazine and one of Velo News’ top rides, the popular Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle helps raise funds for the Davis Phinney Foundation, which ‘helps people living with Parkinson’s to live well today.’ In the ride’s nine years participants have helped the foundation raise over $850,000.
This year, two of Davis Phinney’s former teammates, the always popular Bob Roll, the likable Bobke of Tour de France coverage, and training expert Chris Carmichael, are registered to ride and will be on hand thanks to DLA Piper, one of the Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle’s key sponsors. Joining Bob and Chris will also be Dave Wiens, Colorado native and 6-time winner of the Leadville 100 MTB race.
Scot Harris, the event’s longtime event director, believes the course epitomizes cycling in Colorado. According to Harris, “the Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle route offers everything cycling in Colorado should: magnificent scenery, majestic, and yes, grueling, mountain passes, and a great post-ride party.” For Harris, the support for the Davis Phinney Foundation is and has been key; “people in Colorado are giving and generous, and it’s very special to see the level of commitment for Davis and the foundation’s good work for those with Parkinson’s. Of course, getting Bob Roll and Chris Carmichael here to support their former teammate is just a very special bonus.”
The Copper Triangle course is a spectacular 78-mile mountain loop, cresting three Colorado Mountain passes – Fremont Pass (elevation 11,318’), Tennessee Pass (elevation 10,424’) and Vail Pass (elevation 10,666’), with 9,200-foot Battle Mountain thrown in for good measure. Riders pedal past three ski areas (Ski Cooper, Vail and Copper Mountain) and cruise by numerous historic mining outposts and Camp Hale, the training ground for the Army’s legendary 10th Mountain Division. Over the 78 miles, riders gain a total of 5,981 ft. For the riders, the five well-stocked aid stations provide essential support along the way.
After the ride, participants can enjoy some serious post-ride fun at the annual “I-25 Kia Alpine Celebration,” the Copper Triangle’s post-ride party that offers live music, a first-class lunch, a cold beer, prize drawings from the ride’s sponsors and a cycling expo.
About Rocky Mountain Events
Headquartered in Denver, Rocky Mountain Events produces and directs road and mountain cycling events across Colorado for recreational cyclists of all ages and abilities. The Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival in Castle Rock, CO, recognized as the unofficial start of the summer cycling season, offers both road and mountain bike courses of varying distances – from 8 to 100 miles – to kick off the season for cyclists. With the challenging 78-mile Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle, which starts and finishes in Copper Mountain in early August, RME takes its cycling game to Colorado’s high country. With a course that covers 3 mountain passes (Vail, Tennessee and Fremont) and formidable Battle Mountain, the Copper Triangle is a solid mid-season test. RME completes its season with the October Ikon Tour of the Moon in Grand Junction, which gives riders the rare opportunity to cycle in the spectacular Colorado National Monument. RME has successfully organized and operated cycling events for nearly 30 years. For more information visit any of the individual event websites.