California Triple Crown Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Plaque
The beautiful California Triple Crown Hall of Fame Plaque

100 Double Century Club Hall of Fame Plaque
The exclusive California Triple Crown Hall of Fame
100 Double Century Club Plaque

150 Double Century Club Hall of Fame Plaque
The prestigious California Triple Crown Hall of Fame
150 Double Century Club Crystal Award


Hall of Fame Table of Contents

  • Overview of the Hall of Fame


  •           Inducted in 1999
  • Jim Von Tungeln
  • Paul Kopit  --  100 Double Century Club in 2004


  •           Inducted in 2000
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  • Charles Griffice  --  100 Double Century Club in 2006
                               --  150 Double Century Club in 2014
  • Jim Kozera
  • Lee Mitchell
  • Hugh Murphy
  • John Robbins


  •           Inducted in 2001
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  • Dan Crain  --  100 Double Century Club in 2007
              Dan's Memorial Page
  • Dave Evans  --  100 Double Century Club in 2005
  • Kermit Ganier
  • Joan Kozera
  • Ann Lincoln
  • Robin Neuman
  • Eric Norris  --  100 Double Century Club in 2016
  • Dan Shadoan


  •           Inducted in 2002
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  • Chuck Bramwell  --  100 Double Century Club in 2011
  • Charlie Irwin
  • Lynn Katano  --  100 Double Century Club in 2012
  • Bill Oetinger
  • Doug Patterson  --  100 Double Century Club in 2008
  • Craig Robertson  --  100 Double Century Club in 2009
                                --  150 Double Century Club in 2015


  •           Inducted in 2003
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  • Howard Anderson
  • Ken Bartholic
  • John Beam
  • Ron Hanson  --  100 Double Century Club in 2013
  • Richard Hoff  --  100 Double Century Club in 2010
                           --  150 Double Century Club in 2016
  • John T. Clare  --  100 Double Century Club in 2007
                            --  150 Double Century Club in 2013


  •           Inducted in 2004
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  • Rich Boettner
  • Jeff Dewey  --  100 Double Century Club in 2014
  • Chuck Holmberg
  • Steve Meichtry  --  100 Double Century Club in 2011
  • Frank Neal
  • Tom Parkes  --  100 Double Century Club in 2007
  • Tim Sullivan  --  100 Double Century Club in 2016


  •           Inducted in 2005
  • Thomas Fante  --  100 Double Century Club in 2012
  • Ken Holloway
  • John D. Long
  • Mike Rose
  • Paul Vlasveld
  • Mike Warren  --  100 Double Century Club in 2010
  • Ron Way


  •           Inducted in 2006
  • Bud Bates
  • Mike Chester
  • Mary Conte
  • Mark Dehanke
  • Karen Koppenhaver
  • David Nakai
  • Brian Rapp
  • Mike Sturgill  --  100 Double Century Club in 2014


  •           Inducted in 2007
  • Clem Bartolai
  • Anny Beck
  • Bruce Berg
  • Linda Bott  --  100 Double Century Club in 2014
  • Bobbi Fisher
  • Zach Kaplan
  • Andrew Melczer
  • Larry Parker
  • Marc Patton
  • Graham Pollock
  • Tim Skipper
  • Vernon Watters
  • Eric Wilson


  •           Inducted in 2008
  • Tom Amerine
  • Don Banas
  • Sharon Dermer
  • Rod Doty
  • Doug Goodwin
  • Chris Hanson
  • Timothy Houck
  • John A. Long
  • Bill Murphy
  • Curt Simon
  • Jim Watrous
  • Craig Wilson  --  100 Double Century Club in 2015


  •           Inducted in 2009
  • Robert Buntrock
  • Roehl Caragao
  • Larry Huebert
  • Rick Jacobson  --  100 Double Century Club in 2013
  • Robert Kobliska
  • Albert Kong
  • Tom Milton
  • Jim Poppy
  • Karen Aydelott Robbins
  • Anna Stewart
  • Rick Stewart


  •           Inducted in 2010
  • David Holdeman
  • Dave Clemes
  • Kerin Huber
  • Mark Kaufman
  • Roland Hoffman
  • David Jones


  •           Inducted in 2011
  • Tony Martinez
  • Mark Martinez
  • Russell Cammell
  • Ron Quitoriano
  • Mike Aberg
  • Ken Shoemaker
  • Kitty Goursolle
  • Phil Auriemma  --  100 Double Century Club in 2016
  • Terri Boykins  --  100 Double Century Club in 2016
  • Rick Burneson
  • Francis Ignacio
  • Lori Cherry


  •           Inducted in 2012
  • Mark Abrahams
  • Sean Smith
  • Joshua Talley
  • Robert Okano
  • Kevin Walsh
  • John M. Clare  --  100 Double Century Club in 2016
  • Dan Borradori
  • Keith Cook
  • Mel Cutler
  • Steve McCauley
  • Mike Curren
  • Tim Bartoe


  •           Inducted in 2013
  • Nicole Honda
  • Keith Jensen
  • Tury Thakar
  • Joni Bauer
  • Doug Beisner
  • Becky Berka
  • Scott Halversen
  • Leonard Moore
  • Robert Morris III
  • David Slaton
  • Ken Emerson
  • Gerd Rosenblatt


  •           Inducted in 2014
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  • Reve Ramos
  • Jim Pettett
  • Teresa Beck
  • Jack Klebanoff
  • Jack Joseph
  • Byron Ho
  • John Hopkins
  • Paul McKenzie
  • Robert Choi
  • Mike Erwin
  • Foster Nagaoka
  • Greg Olson
  • Jeanine Spence
  • Stanley Tsang
  • David Jeong
  • Tony Musorafite
  • Art Cruz
  • Jennie Phillips
  • John Hoenigman


  •           Inducted in 2015
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  • Joe Leon
  • Xenia Bixler
  • Larry Bragg
  • Mike Eberts


  •           Inducted in 2016
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  • Jim Frink
  • El Valdez Lardizabal
  • Ray Barnes
  • Kirsten McDaniel
  • Joel Sothern
  • David Burns
  • David Hartson
  • Bob Esch
  • Ron Fields
  • Ed Gallegos
  • Alexis Berthillier
  • Bill Monsen
  • Eric Ross
  • Don McKaughan
  • Mike McManus
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Overview of the Hall of Fame

At the end of the ABC Coverage of the 1989 Tour de France, Greg Le Mond lifts his 5 year old son up to the Winner's Block as the announcer says:

Comebacks are always a part of the fascination with sports
From so far down, to so high up
How does it happen?

Like so many things, it begins with the most simple belief
The one you must have in yourself
That must be translated into results by dedication
The knowledge that dedication which feeds on belief can make it so


The California Triple Crown Hall of Fame was started in June of 1999 to recognize those who have accomplished a significant milestone in the Double Century Series by riding over 10,000 Miles of these rides!! These select few cyclists have completed over 50 Double Centuries!!

These select few who are in the Hall of Fame have demonstrated a huge commitment to long distance cycling ... indeed, they have shown a commitment to excellence that very few cyclists have demonstrated anywhere in the world. Future inductees into the Hall of Fame may also include Ride Organizers and Support Volunteers who have demonstrated a huge commitment to the California Triple Crown Double Century Series as well.

We salute these folks who have taken "the most simple belief in themselves and translated that into results by dedication."

We are inspired by their dedication.

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Jim Von Tungeln

Jim Von Tungeln is in the Hall of Fame!!
Jim's looking good here!!


Jim Von Tungeln was the first cyclist to be inducted into the California Triple Crown Hall of Fame. He completed his 50th Double Century in the California Triple Crown Series with the 1998 Grand Tour.

Jim's cycling achievements include:

  • Jim was one of only 32 cyclists who completed the California Triple Crown in 1990. He completed the Triple Crown every year from 1990 to 1998. He completed all 11 of the Double Centuries in the 1997 California Triple Crown schedule!!

  • He completed the Highland Quad Century Option of the Grand Tour in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994!! The Grand Tour Quad Century requires the cyclist to ride 400 Miles in 24 Hours. Jim and Les Drake are the only cyclists in the 30+ Year history of the Grand Tour to have completed the Grand Tour Highland Quad four years!!

  • He completed Paris-Brest-Paris in 1991 and 1995!! Paris-Brest-Paris is one of the most prestigious long distance amateur cycling events in the world. It is held once every 4 years. With 750 Miles and 31,000 Feet of Climbing that must be completed in 90 Hours, "PBP" is considered one of the toughest cycling events anywhere. In addition, Jim completed over 30 Qualifying Brevets for Paris-Brest-Paris.

  • Jim was awarded the Super Randonneur 5000 Medal for completing two full years of Qualifying Brevets followed by a 1000 Kilometer Brevet and a Paris-Brest-Paris completion. As of 1998, Jim was one of only Three American Cyclists to have been awarded this Medal!!

  • President of the Orange County Wheelmen Bicycle Club for two terms in a row: 1997 - 1998.

  • Chairperson of the Bicycle Trails Committee for the City of Irvine, 1993 - 1994.

In addition, Jim's entire family have enjoyed major success with the California Triple Crown. His wife, Cindy, finished the Double Century series during the six consecutive years of 1992 to 1997. His oldest daughter, Kirsten, finished the series during the five consecutive years of 1993 to 1997. His youngest daughter, Allison, finished the series in 1995, 1996, and 1997. Altogether, the members of the Von Tungeln family have completed a total of 93 Double Centuries!!


Jim was officially inducted into the California Triple Crown Hall of Fame on June 5, 1999 at the Breakfast meeting following the Eastern Sierra Double where he was awarded the following plaque:
Jim's well deserved plaque

Excellence can be attained if you ...
Care more than others think is wise
Risk more than others think is safe
Dream more than others think is practical
Expect more than others think is possible.

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Paul Kopit

Paul Kopit is in the Hall of Fame!! Paul hanging over Bryce Canyon and wearing a 'Born to Ride' jersey.
Sharp looking man here!! Looking good in his California Triple Crown Jersey!!


Paul Kopit was the second cyclist to be inducted into the California Triple Crown Hall of Fame. He completed his 50th Double Century in the California Triple Crown Series with the 1999 Central Coast Double.

Paul's cycling achievements include:

  • Paul was one of only 81 cyclists who completed the California Triple Crown in 1992. He completed the Triple Crown every year from 1992 to 1999. He completed all 11 of the Double Centuries in the 1999 California Triple Crown schedule!! As of the end of the 1999 season, Paul has completed 55 Double Centuries!!

  • Paul started riding bikes in the Winter of 1989. His first Century was in May of 1990. His first Double Century was the 1992 Hemet Double. His favorite Doubles are the Tour of Two Forests and Eastern Sierra Doubles.

  • Paul has completed the Terrible Two Double Century five times!!

  • He completed the California Land Rush four times. This ride required the cyclist to ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two days -- riding a Double Century on Saturday followed by another Double Century on Sunday!!

  • Author of the now famous quote: "Another Day, Another Double".

Paul writes: "As an adult I had a brief excursion into bicycling in the '70s like the rest of the USA did but I didn't stick with it. I went from golfer to avid golfer in the 1980 and kept up some body building as well. July of '89 I had a weight lifting accident that caused an imploded disk that required emergency surgery and possible long term loss in the use of my legs. The surgery went better than expected and I have almost full recovery. I discovered how important my health was to me.

My golfing was over for the rest of that season and I really just gave up the game. I did some walking and got our '70s Lambert bicycle and began riding. I lived in Sussex County, N.J. a rural, mountainous section of the state. I rode through the Winter in anything above 15 F. I had no idea of my ability 'til I joined The Morris County Freewheelers. Turns out I wasn't fast but could last a long time. My first century was in May '90 and I was hooked on long rides. Rode with that club 'til Nov. '91 when I moved to CA. I located in the Foothill area, La Crescenta, based upon the recommendation of a Club member and immediately began riding with the Foothill Club.

I commuted daily from La Crescenta to San Fernando, a 25 mile round trip. I regularly enjoyed going up Angeles Crest H'way - Upper Big Tujunga - Big Tujunga. I had no idea what I was doing. It was 54 miles and over 5,000' of climbing. I rode a Trek 1420 and although I wasn't fast, I could stay on the bicycle a long time. I did some Centuries. I read about The Oak Glen Challenge in Spring '92 and asked a fellow club member what it was. He told me to just go and do it. I completed it with little daylight to spare and remember how good I felt about myself. All I remember about the Hemet Double was that I was happy to take the descent off of Mountain Center in daylight. I ran out of lights and Charlie Irwin, the 747 pull, helped me in. I went on to do the Tour of Two Forests Double with particular zeal because someone told me I'd likely not finish on the first attempt. I remember Lockwood Valley Road being very hot. I finished and believed I could do anything. Did the Grand Tour and had my first Triple Crown. That wasn't enough so I did the first of my 4 Land Rushes that year as well.

In '93 I wanted to do all 6 doubles. June 5, '93, the 13th TOTF, the year that 20 riders finished, I went down at about 170 miles, on the easy part. The price was lots of teeth and a steel replacement for my right elbow, and about $20K. I learned about the dark side or our sport. If you ride, you are going to get hurt.

In '94 I went on to complete my goal of all 7 of the Triple Crown Doubles. It was the first of my 4 Terrible Twos. It is the greatest double and in a class of its own. There are no junk miles, it is beautiful and more demanding than I have words to describe. To finish is passage to becoming a doubles rider that is not intimidated by by any 200 miles. But, surprisingly, TT was not my hardest 200 in '94. It was a windy year in Death Valley and my bicycle seat just wasn't working right. The last 30 miles between Furnace Creek and Stovepipe I could not ride for more than 2 miles without stopping. I was beyond saddle sore and into bloody. I just made up my mind that there was nothing to do for the rest of that day anyway and I wasn't going to quit after going that far.

I just keep doing doubles but my reason has changed. It used to be looking for personal achievement. Now it's meeting old friends, visiting familiar places, and encouraging other riders. I think I've grown up a little. Another day, another double means a lot more than riding a 200 mile loop."


Paul was officially inducted into the California Triple Crown Hall of Fame on June 5, 1999 at the Breakfast meeting following the Eastern Sierra Double where he was awarded the following plaque:
Paul's well deserved plaque


Excellence ... The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Vince Lombardi


Paul awarded a specail 100 Double Century Club Plaque




In 2004, Paul continues to be the current reigning King of California Triple Crown Double Centuries.

He was the first person to complete 100 Double Centuries in the California Triple Crown.

Paul was awarded a special 100 Double Century Club Plaque at the California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast on September 26, 2004.   

Photo courtesy of Joe Gross.















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