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Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle comes to Copper to benefit Parkinson's research

Riders ascend one of three mountain passes during 2009 Copper Triangle
Riders ascend one of three mountain passes during 2009 Copper Triangle
Photo courtesy of Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle

This Saturday, August 7, marks the 5th anniversary of the Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle Alpine Classic, to benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's research. Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle organizers are striving to raise at least $120,000 in their fight against Parkinson’s disease this weekend. Two of America’s top cyclists - Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter - along with Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, will join more than 3,000 cyclists for Saturday's sold-out ride. All 50 U.S. states are represented, as well as riders from Europe and Asia, making this very much an international event. 

Copper Triangle is one of Colorado’s classic alpine road rides, with breathtaking scenery and three challenging climbs. Cyclists start and finish at Copper Mountain Resort. Upon completing the ride, cyclists can enjoy Copper's “Alpine Celebration,” a post-ride party with music, lunch, prize drawings, and a cycling expo which continues throughout the afternoon.

The challenging 78-mile course includes three major climbs up Fremont Pass (elev. 11,318 ft.), Tennessee Pass (elev. 10,424 ft.), and Vail Pass (elev. 10,666 ft), plus a shorter but still demanding climb up and over Battle Mountain. The course passes three ski areas and is littered with historic mining outposts and Camp Hale, the training ground for the famous 10th Mountain Division. The total elevation gain for the course is 5,981 ft.

The Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle starts and finishes at the Burning Stones Plaza at Copper Mountain Resort, which is located in the main village.

Friday August 6, 2010
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Registration / Packet pick-up & Expo

Saturday August 7, 2010
5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. - Registration / Packet pick-up
5:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. - Start times (all riders MUST start before 8 a.m.) Colorado State Patrol will not allow anyone to start prior to first light (5:45 am) without both front and back lights on your bike.
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Alpine Celebration

In addition to ride-related events, Copper has many other summer activities to keep you busy all weekend, including a climbing wall, bumper boats, quad power jump, paddle boats, go-karts, and mini-golf, and free live music and and movies in the evening.

Rest/Aid Stations
There will be five aid/rest stations on the course, each stocked with water, energy drink, energy bars/snacks, fruit, bagels, trail mix, etc.  (Please note that not all items will be available at all aid/rest stations.)  Riders must wear wristbands (supplied with registration) to obtain food.

Aid 1 – Fremont Pass summit Open 6:00am to 10:00am
Aid 2 – Tennessee Pass summit Open 6:30am to 11:30am
Aid 3 – West Vail (Stephens park) Open 7:00am to 12:30pm
Aid 4 – Base of Vail Pass Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Aid 5 – Vail Pass summit Open 8:30am to 3:00pm

Expect temperatures to be in the upper 30s to low 40s at the start with normal daytime highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Mountain weather is highly variable, so be prepared for thunderstorms or rain.

Copper is offering Copper Triangle participants special lodging rates this weekend. Call Copper at 866-534-7443 and reference the Copper Triangle guest code #3GH1C6 to receive the discounted rates.
Please note there is NO RV or car camping available at Copper Mountain Resort the weekend of the event.


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