Brothers Grant & John Rochelle and friends Shawn Gilmour and Royce Abel (altogether representing the US, UK and Canada!) riding as ‘Team SideXSide’, finished up the “Triple Bypass” ride in Colorado last weekend: a gruelling cycling event in which they sought to support Allied Forces Foundation through sponsorship donations.
The Triple Bypass Bicycle Ride is recognized as one of the premier cycling events for those who dare! Celebrating its 28th Anniversary, the Triple offers two days of enjoyment in the beautiful scenery of the Colorado Rocky Mountains – by bike!
On the first day, the ride heads WEST: 120 miles from Evergreen (Bergen Park) over Juniper Pass (11,140 ft.), Loveland Pass (11,990 ft.), Swan Mountain and Vail Pass (10,560 ft.), concluding in Avon. The ride has over 10,000 ft. of challenging elevation gain!
On Day 2, the Triple Bypass heads EAST, starting in Avon, over 3 mountain passes. The ride is 120 miles from Avon (Nottingham Park) over Vail Pass (10,560 ft.), Swan Mountain, Loveland Pass (11,990 ft.) and Juniper Pass (11,140 ft.) concluding in Evergreen (Buchannan Park). Enjoy the long 35 mile descent from the top of Loveland Pass to Idaho Springs.
John Rochelle advises:
“This was undoubtedly the hardest ride to date, ever! Ultimately everyone had to ride their own ride, the impact of the altitude and the heat were evident right from the start.
John Rochelle toughed it out to Loveland Basin and called it, all kudos due especially after running out of fluids for the last hour.
Grant Rochelle, Shawn Gilmour, and Royce Abel made it to ride finish day 1, but nausea took it’s toll on Grant who did not start day 2.
Shawn not only rode day 1, he finished an hour faster on day 2!
Total funds raised for Allied Forces Foundation is in excess of $2400 not including company matching donations. If you’d still like to contribute go here:
We would like to extend huge thanks to all our friends, family and colleagues for supporting us and our allied veterans. You all rock.”
And so do you, gents! The AFF is thrilled to have had your support in aid of our work with the wounded, and cannot thank you enough!