I did it last year and it’s an incredibly fun and beautiful when the weather is good. Sounds like it sucked today though. That also happened when my wife did it in 2011-ish, cold rain and people nearly freezing.
This was my 2nd year doing it. Last year was beautiful weather but my fitness wasn’t up to snuff (and was ill the week leading into the event). I finished but it took everything I had.
This year I felt much stronger physically, but the weather seemed to target me from being able to enjoy ANY of the descents!
light rain down Juniper pass, I summited Loveland pass just as the hail storm started & descended during its full might. Thankfully my family planned on being stationed in Keystone to cheer me on and were there with a change of kit. If I wasn’t able to sit in the car with the heat blasting for 20 mins and able to completely change my clothes I wouldn’t have finished. I couldn’t feel my hands for the whole Loveland descent and was pretty much shaking uncontrollably once I reached the car.
After drying off and regaining life the weather was beautiful for me until I started descending Vail pass, where the heavens opened up once again and I fought through a downpour all the way to the finish.
I rode 3 miles more than last year and finished with 10 mins less moving time. If I could have descended any of the passes in the dry I probably would have shaved 30-45 mins off of last year’s time.
Either way, I’m happy with how I could feel that I was noticeably fitter this year vs last. Even though I haven’t really stuck to much structured training and haven’t felt very strong on my group rides this year.
Triple Bypass is an amazing event and I’d recommend it to anyone, regardless of the bad weather we got this year!