This one is for road bike nuts |

This one is for road bike nuts

This blog message is for all of you road bike nuts out there.

Every year, we look forward to two events in particular, the Lap the Lake race around Turquoise Lake near Leadville, followed by the famous Triple Bypass on July 9 that starts in Evergreen and ends in Avon, 120 miles later.

The Lap the Lake is 45 miles of climbing and descents. It is a great tune-up for the Triple.

Lap the Lake is Saturday. Here’s the info.

LEADVILLE ” The 11th annual Lap the Lake bicycle race around Turquoise Lake takes place Saturday with a 9 a.m. start time.

Proceeds benefit the Leadville Lake County Sports Hall of Fame.

Race day registration costs $25 and begins at 8 a.m. at a table in the parking lot outside the entrance to Turquoise Lake.

Cyclists can opt for one-, two- or three-lap races around the paved road that circles the lake.

Each lap is 15 miles and entails climbs and descents. The family fun race is one lap. Amateurs can do a two-lap race and competitors go three laps.

Racers from Summit County can get to the event by turning right at the Safeway store on Highway 91 as they enter the town. Go on County Road 9 for three miles. Turn right at the intersection, proceeding to the registration parking lot about 500 yards away.

Helmets are required. For information, call Carlos Martinez at (719) 486-5317 or e-mail

Meanwhile, people can still sign up for the Triple. It is advised you register before race day, to avoid confusion and be sure you get an early start. Still, if necessary, you can enter on the day of the event.

Registration costs $118 through race day when the cost goes to $129. So, you know, they want you to preregister. The cost of the race is well compensated with a killer jersey and great feed stations along the way.

All of the information you need can be found at

The event is a produce of the Team Evergreen bicycle club, a very active group of road bikers and mountain bikers.

Team Evergreen goes overboard to support the event. Well stocked feed stations can be found at the top of Squaw Pass, Georgetown, Loveland ski area, Summit High School and Vail Pass.

Take advantage of them. Eat and drink more than you think you need. If you don’t it all catches up with you at the end and you bonk.

You will see a map of the start area attached to this message.

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