What is the California Triple Crown?
The purpose of the California Triple Crown is not only to encourage individuals to participate in these Double Centuries but, more importantly, to recognize the individuals' accomplishments. Riding a Double Century requires a lot of training and mental determination so this series of challenging events provides many positive benefits.
We have contacted various cycling publications in an effort to have them publish articles about this series. In our discussions with these publications, we have indicated our desire to have follow-up articles published which would, among other things, include a list of the individuals' names that completed the California Triple Crown series.
Not a single one of these rides is easy. Each will provide you with a "Personal Growth Experience". Don't make the mistake of moving into the tougher Doubles until you're ready - mechanically, biomechanically, and mentally!!
Completion of the California Triple Crown series is not easy but we minimize the hassles. All you have to do (as though this part is supposed to be easy) is register for and complete at least three of the Doubles on the schedule. The Grand Tour 200, 300, and 400 Mile options count towards the Triple Crown. We will keep track of those individuals completing the events by working with the ride organizers. In order to insure that you are on the final winners list, you should fill out a Registration Form which will be available at the rides and mail it in. We will send the results to you in the fall.
Each year, several people take on the challenge of completing every Double in the CTC series. However, with the schedule having grown from five events to so many Doubles as we currently have, we recognize that this "grand slam" has become increasingly difficult...perhaps unrealistic. We encourage riders to attempt as many of these doubles as time, money, and fitness allow, but remind them to be proud of whatever they accomplish, be it three or more doubles.
You may have already seen the great Triple Crown design on T-Shirts and Jerseys which will be available for a nominal amount along with an incredibly beautiful, complimentary Triple Crown Patch.
To learn more about any of the rides, please send a Self Addressed Stamped #10 Business Size Envelope to the respective ride directors below. Ride information flyers may not be available until well into the season so please be patient.
Eastern Sierra Double
Tour of Two Forests
1055 W. Red Cliffs Dr. #C-802
Washington, Utah 84780
Spring Death Valley Double
Fall Death Valley Double
11718 Barrington Ct., #342
Los Angeles, CA 90049-2930
What is the California Gold Triple Crown Thousand Mile Club?
In order to be a member of the Gold Thousand Mile Club, the cyclist must complete Five or More Double Centuries in the California Triple Crown Series of Double Centuries in One Year and support, or provide support for, at least one of them.
One purpose of this challenge is to give back to these Double Centuries by supporting them. By supporting them, the person
must contact the Double Century organizer and provide some significant help in producing the Double Century.
These rides can only continue if volunteers (spelled Y-O-U) jump in and help. Support means that you and/or a family member or friend volunteer to provide significant help with a Double Century. The Organizers have the sole right to determine who gets volunteer credit for their events.
If a volunteer doesn’t ride a Double in this calendar year, they can share any volunteer days to anyone they choose.
If a volunteer rides a Double in this calendar year, the volunteer cannot share their FIRST volunteer day but can give subsequent volunteer days to anyone they choose.
If you want to share your volunteer work with another person, please send an e-mail to Frank Neal, the California Triple Crown Data Guy at: CTCDataGuy <at> Verizon <dot> net
It is not enough to just ride the rides because if that's all everyone does, these major adventures will go the way of the dinosaurs!! It's not easy running Rest Stops 200+ Miles out in the middle of nowhere so each of these rides need YOUR help. Besides that, it's fun to help out your fellow cyclists, to learn more about this great sport of ours, and to get a chance to talk to some really great people.
These select riders can have an additional banner added to their Custom California Triple Crown Jersey / T-Shirt by specifying "Gold Thousand Mile Club" in the Custom Text. Also, they qualify to purchase our awesome CTC Gold Thousand Mile jersey.
What is the California Triple Crown Stage Race?
The California Triple Crown Stage Race consists of three of the Most Difficult Doubles in the California Triple Crown. To provide variety from year to year, the Double Centuries in the Stage Race changes but it always consists of three of the Most Difficult Doubles. The Doubles that are in this year's California Triple Crown Stage Race are shown on the Schedule Page. The Total Elapsed Time from each of these grueling Doubles is then added together and the rider with the fastest overall time for all Three Doubles wins the Stage Race.
Results of those select Riders who complete these Three Tough Events are posted on this Web Site. These finishers can then claim the ultimate bragging rights in the California Triple Crown after completing these Three Super Tough Double Centuries.
You don't have to do anything special to sign up for the Stage Race: All you have to do is to sign up for and ride your heart out on each of the Three Doubles in the Stage Race!! Of course, that's much easier said than done!! Also, if you ride any Stage on a tandem, you must ride all three Stages on a tandem with the same partner.
The California Triple Crown lays
down this challenge: be among the select few who are able to
finish the Stage Race next year!!
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