2001 California Triple Crown Stage Race Results
Are you ready to test yourself in Three of the Hardest, Most Grueling Double Centuries on this planet? Are you ready for Two Hundred Miles with tons of Steep Climbing? Then a couple of weeks later, Two Hundred More Miles with more Steep Climbing? Then if you have any strength left, are you ready to tackle the Terrible Two with Two Hundred More Miles, 16,000 Feet of Climbing, White Knuckler Descents, and Temperatures over 100 Degrees?
If so, then we've got a deal for you!!
This is how the Stage Race works: Riders have to complete the Three Most Difficult Doubles in the California Triple Crown: Devil Mountain, Central Coast, and the Terrible Two. 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.
WARNING: These rides are NOT for the inexperienced or occasional rider.
On the Schedule Page, you will notice that the Difficulty Rating by the "California Triple Crown" for each of these rides is: Extremely High. Do not make any of these rides your first Double Century -- because if you do, you may not want to do another one!! However, if you are in the best shape of your life and you are looking for the ultimate one day tests of your physical and mental fitness, then these rides are for you!!
How hard are these rides? Brutally hard. Hard beyond description!!
In 2001, the Devil Mountain Double was a true challenge of over 16,000 Feet of Climbing. Only 109 Riders Started this brutally hard ride and only 81 Finished ... 28 Riders Did Not Finish this First Stage of the Stage Race!!
In 2001, the Central Coast Double was a challenge as always with 210 Miles and over 13,200 Feet of Climbing!! Of the 157 Riders that Registered, 143 Started, 136 Finished and 7 Did Not Finish this Second Stage of the Stage Race.
The Terrible Two has a reputation of being the most difficult Double Century around. Although the route has varied in small ways over the years, its defining features have always been its four big climbs (and the steep, twisting descents that follow): Trinity Grade, the Geysers, Skaggs Springs, and Fort Ross. Numerous smaller but pesky hills add to the overall challenge. Trinity, the Geysers, and Fort Ross are all double-summit climbs, while Skaggs Springs is a long series of climbs and descents. Few gradients on the course exceed 15%, but many climbs stay in the 8-12% range for long distances. The Terrible Two Web Site has an excellent Elevation Chart which graphically shows just how brutal this course with over 16,000 Feet of Climbing really is!!
In 2001, the Terrible Two was hot and brutal with 200 Miles and over 16,000 Feet of Climbing!! Of 296 Riders that Registered, 252 Started, 186 Finished and 66 Did Not Finish this Third Stage of the Stage Race.
The 2001 California Triple Crown Stage Race yielded total of over 600 Grueling Miles with over 45,200 Feet of Climbing!!
Results are in from the Devil Mountain Double held 4/21/01, the Central Coast Double held 5/12/01, and the Terrible Two held 6/30/01. The report below shows the "Leader Board" of those riders who completed all three Stages of the Stage Race, ranked by Total Overall Time.
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The competition was good again this year. Tim Coleman, Age 36, from Fresno came in 1st Place in the Stage Race: he was 3rd on the Devil Mountain Double, 2nd on Central Coast, and 7th on the Terrible Two. Tim is a long time California Triple Crown Stage Race competitor: he won the Stage Race in 1999 and was 5th in 2000. Congratulations to Tim!!
In 2nd Place this year was Rich Boettner, Age 34, from Davis. Rich was 1st on the Devil Mountain Double and 1st on the Terrible Two where he set a course record with Daryn Dodge!! Rich is also a long time California Triple Crown Stage Race competitor: he was 11th in 1996 and 2nd in 1999. Congratulations to Rich!!
An Honorable Mention goes to Daryn Dodge who came in 1st with Rich on the Devil Mountain Double and on the Terrible Two. The Central Coast was bad luck for both Rich and Daryn: Rich had 2 Flats and Daryn went down on Santa Rosa Road requiring him to go to the hospital. Fortunately, he recovered so well that Daryn was able to give a 100% effort in setting a new Course Record on the Terrible Two the following month!!
In 3rd Place this year was Barney Wilson, Age 40, from Cool, California which is just outside of Auburn. Barney completed his first Double Century in the California Triple Crown series on the Terrible Two last year so this is his first year in the Stage Race. Congratulations to Barney on an incredible result!!
In the Women's Division, 1st Place this year goes to Karen Bonnett from Sacramento. This was Karen's First Year in the Stage Race but she's no stranger to Double Centuries: this is Karen's 4th Year finishing the California Triple Crown. To top off her season, just two weeks after completing the Terrible Two, Karen rode the 750 Mile Gold Rush Randonnée where she was the First Place Woman Finisher!! Congratulations to Karen on an outstanding season!!
In 2nd Place for the Women this year was Anne Schneider from Davis. This was Anne's First Year to compete in the California Triple Crown Stage Race ... and in fact, her first year to complete a California Triple Crown. However, Anne is no stranger to long distance cycling: she completed her First Double way back in the 80's, completed Paris-Brest-Paris in 1995, and holds the Women's 50+ record at the Furnace Creek 508 from her great ride there in 1998!! Congratulations to Anne!!
Just like last year, an Honorable Mention goes to Cassie Lowe from Australia who used the California Triple Crown Doubles to test her strength in her preparation for the 2001 Race Across America. Cassie was the First Women Finisher on the Devil Mountain Double and was the First Overall Finisher on the Central Coast Double. Unfortunately, she was not able to compete in the Terrible Two this year because she was Racing Across America where she was the 1st Woman and 4th overall!! Congratulations to Cassie!!
In 1st Place for the Tandem Division this year were Dan Crain, Age 56, from Irvine and Anny Beck from Bellflower. Dan and Anny rode these three extremely difficult Doubles on a tandem!! This was Dan's 6th year in the California Triple Crown and Anny's 2nd year. As a solo rider, Dan finished the Stage Race in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000!! Congratulations to Dan and Anny.
The Top 3 Men Finishers in the Stage Race, Tim, Rich, and Barney, the Top 2 Women Finishers, Karen and Anne, and the Tandem Team of Dan and Anny, will receive a California Triple Crown Plaque, at no charge!! These will be presented at the California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast to be held September 30, the morning after the Knoxville Fall Classic Double, in Vacaville.
Everyone who completed the 2001 Stage Race is to be commended. Our hat is off to each of the 29 Finishers ... just to complete these three Extremely Difficult Rides is a major accomplishment!!
You don't have to do anything special to sign up for the Stage Race: In 2002, all you have to do is to sign up for and ride your heart out on the Devil Mountain Double, Central Coast Double, and the Terrible Two!! 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!!
Congratulations to all Finishers in the 2001 California Triple Crown Stage Race!!
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