We have so many wonderful riders on the Triple Bypass and each person has a story. We asked riders to share why they ride. Here are a few stories among thousands of amazing Triple Bypass participants:
I am a nurse at St Anthony’s Summit Medical Center. We have a Flight helicopter stationed at our hospital. These men and women are there 24/7 to answer the call when the “sh*t hit’s the fan” and we need someone transported now. Not to mention they are continuously helping at the hospital when not out on a call.
This past Friday, I watched in horror as our Flight helicopter attempted to take off but instead crashed into a fire ball.
We lost an extremely well trained pilot and two extremely talented flight medics were severely injured that day.
My thoughts and prayers have been with them and their families ever since that horrible day.So, it is for them that I will ride this Saturday. In their memory and their honor that I can ride. I love my Summit family and we are all grieving a lot right now so I ride for all of us.
Josh’s Story: Like most of us wanting to get in shape, we lack the motivation or dedication to reach that goal. My girlfriend, Megan, wanted to get back into shape, so I created a three month workout and run program. Megan’s favorite form of motivation is public humiliation. Knowing this, I told her the bet was, if she followed the program and didn’t miss one single day, then I would wear a tutu for the Double Triple Bypass. She was fully on board and once our families knew the bet they were all on board as well. They never let her miss a day and by the end she had lost 20 pounds. So the day before the Triple Bypass, we went out and chose the tutu I wore on the ride. I wore the tutu on both days in honor of Megan finishing the workout plan and her dedication to getting back into shape. Who knows what next year will bring for me in what I have to wear on the ride? Thank you to everyone for the cat calls, encouragement and letting me tell the story of me losing the bet. In the end, both Megan and I won the bet. I met so many friendly people along the way, that I wouldn’t have without that pink tutu. I will see you all next year and Megan will probably have me in something much worse!
SCOTT’S STORY : I’m proud to be partnering with the Kevin Turner Foundation to raise awareness about the seriousness of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its connection to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). I will be leading a team of riders on the Triple Bypass Challenge on July 11 – a 120-mile bike ride from Evergreen, CO to Avon, CO over three of the highest bikeable peaks in Colorado.
This ride and cause is truly close to my heart, simply because of Kevin Turner. Kevin and I played football together in the Japan Bowl during our senior years at Alabama and USC, respectively. We then went on to begin our NFL careers as rookies together in 1992, with the New England Patriots. Kevin is, and has always been, that special kind of person who can bring a smile to anyone’s face with his gentle presence and Alabama twang. Don’t get me wrong, KT is a fierce competitor who spent countless extra hours at the stadium preparing for every situation. He is absolutely the guy you want on your team when the odds are stacked against you. He was always passionate about doing things the right way and coming out on top.
But now, this terrible disease has taken most, if not all, of Kevin’s physical abilities. Click Link to watch video I know in my heart that the same passion, determination, and fierce competitiveness that Kevin exemplified as a professional football player, won’t ever be taken. If anyone can give ALS a run for its money, it’s Kevin.
We need your support. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000 to support this critical work. You can make a donation toward our goal, or become a sponsor of the team.
Thanks for your consideration. Your support would mean a lot to me, and to people like Kevin.
SONYA’S STORY: My friend Jen double dog dared me to do the Triple Bypass with her this year. I was compelled to take the challenge as Jen is fighting Breast Cancer and is herself doing the Double Triple! For those of you who dont know, the Triple is a 124 mile ride with over 10,000 feet of elevation gain. It crosses over Squaw Pass (11,140 ft), Loveland Pass (11,000 ft) and then Vail Pass (10,560 ft)! I almost passed out after pulling up the map of the route after signing up… especially since I didn’t even own a road bike at that time!!
We all know people who have battled or are currently battling cancer. I am doing this ride forl my friends and family who have had cancer or who have cared for someone with cancer — especially my abuelita Luzmilla who died in 1998. Please join me in raising much needed funds to offer some hope and relief to Colorado cancer patients in need.
I have joined a very special team called Willa’s Wheels. Willa’s Wheels was started by Henry and Stacy Fischer to honor their daughter Willa who died just before her fourth birthday of cancer. During the year that Willa was sick, they met many families who not only had to deal with their child’s cancer but also worried they were going to lose their home, have to move, or be unable to buy food. Stacy and Henry knew that they needed to honor Willa by helping other patients and families in need. Everybody on the Willa’s Wheels team is helping to raise money for the Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that provides unrestricted financial grants to Coloradans with cancer to help with basic daily needs such as food, shelter, and utilities.
- A gift of $1,000 allows families to focus on healing rather than the stress of financial burdens.
- A gift of $750 provides shelter and helps keep a cancer patient in their home.
- A gift of $500 allows patients and their families to buy groceries.
- A gift of $200 keeps a patient warm and safe by helping with utility bills
Hi, my name is Jeff and this year I wanted to do something different. I’m going for a “Single” Double Triple. I’ll be riding on my 1985 purple Trek rebuilt as a single speed. Look for me and wish me luck on my endeavor.