Frequently Asked Questions About the California Triple Crown

Winners in the prestigious California Triple Crown are the elite Long Distance Bicyclists in California
since they have completed
at least three Double Centuries in that calendar year.

California Triple Crown
1.   Does the California Triple Crown count a Triple Crown over 12 months or a calendar year?
2.   For California Triple Crown credit, can I mix riding on a tandem and a single bike?
3.   Who do I contact about the rules for a specific event?
4.   What are the rules for Staff / Worker's Rides for the support volunteers?
5.   I have completed two Double Centuries but am not sure I can complete my final Double before the California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast.   If I complete one more Double after the California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast but before the end of the year, will I still qualify for this year's recognition?
6.   Does the Grand Tour Triple Century or Quad Century count for the California Triple Crown?
7.   Does the White Mountain Double on Saturday followed by it again on Sunday count for Two Doubles for the California Triple Crown?
8.   Can I ride a motorized or an electric assist bike on these Double Centuries?

California Triple Crown Gold Thousand Mile Club
9.   What is the California Triple Crown Gold Thousand Mile Club?
10.   Do the Gold Thousand Mile Club Doubles and volunteer day have to be in the same calendar year?
11.   Who can give me volunteer credit toward my Gold Thousand Mile Club?

California Triple Crown Stage Race
12.   What is the California Triple Crown Stage Race?
13.   Do the Stage Race Doubles need to be ridden in the same calendar year?

Administrative Questions
14.   Why, how, and when how do I register for the California Triple Crown?
15.   I have a new e-mail address. How do I enter it for the California Triple Crown?
16.   I see some riders are listed as Finishers on the Potential Winners report for an event I finished, but I am not listed. What do I do?
17.   Why can't the results be posted to the California Triple Crown Database right now?

Product Questions
18.   When can I order my California Triple Crown products?
19.   Can I order a jersey for Double Centuries completed in prior years?

1.   Does the California Triple Crown count a Triple Crown over 12 months or a calendar year?

The Double Centuries must be completed within a calendar year, which is January 1 to December 31.
For example, if you complete one Double Century in 2011 and want to complete your California Triple Crown in 2012, you need to complete at least three Double Centuries in 2012.

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2.   For California Triple Crown credit, can I mix riding on a tandem and a single bike?

Yes, you can mix the type of bike for California Triple Crown and Gold Thousand Mile Club credit. For instance, you could ride one double on a recumbent bike, one on a single bike, and one double on a tandem and that would get you credit for the California Triple Crown. Each person riding on the tandem will receive ride credit for completing any double century in the California Triple Crown records.
There is one exception: If you are riding for in the California Triple Crown Stage Race, you must pick either a tandem or a single bike to ride in all three events. If you ride any Stage of the Stage Race on a tandem, you must ride all three Stages on a tandem with the same partner.

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3.   Who do I contact about the rules for a specific event?

The California Triple Crown (CTC) does not organize any of the events ... instead we compile lists of the finishers and provide recognition for these events. The CTC has minimum acceptable rules for the Organizers, but each Organizer controls their own events and sets their own rules. To see the Organizer for each event click on the Schedule page which has links to the organizer's web sites and their rules, including time limits, for each event.

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4.   What are the rules for Staff / Worker's Rides for the support volunteers?

A Staff / Worker's Ride may be organized to reward those who support the Double Century by allowing them to complete the 200 Mile Course. The "Worker's Ride" should be held preferably within two weeks before the actual Double Century to final test the course in order to find any last minute changes required. If not held before the actual Double Century, it should be held within two weeks afterwards so that the conditions are nearly the same.

If a “Worker’s Ride” isn’t able to be held within two weeks of the actual Double Century, the exception will need to be approved in advance by the California Triple Crown in order for CTC credit to be given.

The date of the “Worker’s Ride” should be published in advance to all those who support the Double Century and to the Executive Director of the California Triple Crown so that all will know when it will be held.

Controls need to be in place to insure that each rider on the “Worker’s Ride” completes the entire 200 Mile Course. If the actual Double Century has time limits, similar time limits modified to account for the possible lack of support need to be enforced on the “Worker's Ride”.

“Make-up” rides will not be recognized by the California Triple Crown. In order to be considered as having completed a California Triple Crown qualifying Double, riders must participate in the actual Double Century on its scheduled date or as part of the “Worker's Ride” and should contribute significant time and be listed as a volunteer on the results of the associated actual Double Century.

The results of the “Worker’s Ride” should be listed in a separate section below the results of the actual Double Century. If the actual Double Century is timed, the results of the “Worker’s Ride” should have the rider's times listed as well.

If a person contributes significant time before and/or after the Double Century and are listed as a Volunteer on the results of the associated Double Century, they can ride the Double Century on its scheduled date OR they can ride the Double Century on the Worker's Ride. In this case, they will be listed as both completing the Double Century and also as being a Volunteer for the Double Century. If the person rides both the Double Century on its scheduled date and also rides the Worker's Ride, they will be given credit for completing that Double Century once in the California Triple Crown records. This is similar to the Grand Tour Quad Century which is discussed below. The California Triple Crown allows one Double Century credit and one Volunteer credit per person per event.

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5.   I have completed two Double Centuries but am not sure I can complete my final Double before the California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast.   If I complete one more Double after the California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast but before the end of the year, will I still qualify for this year's recognition?

The California Triple Crown is on a one calendar year basis, which is January 1 to December 31, so you have until the end of that year's season as shown on the Schedule page. The California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast is mainly meant to recognize those riders completing over 50 Double Centuries in their life long cycling career. Congratulations on a great year of cycling and don't give up!!

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6.   Does the Grand Tour Triple Century or Quad Century count for the California Triple Crown?

Yes. The Grand Tour Triple Century or Quad Century counts as one California Triple Crown Double Century. The Quad Century does not count as two California Triple Crown Double Centuries. The California Triple Crown allows one Double Century credit and one Volunteer credit per person per event.

Completing the Grand Tour Triple Century or Quad Century is a great accomplishment which riders can document in great detail on their Bio Page of their California Triple Crown History Report.


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7.   Does the White Mountain Double on Saturday followed by it again on Sunday count for Two Doubles for the California Triple Crown?

If a rider completes the White Mountain Double on Saturday then rides it again on Sunday, they will receive credit for one White Mountain Double. This is similar to the Grand Tour Quad Century above. The California Triple Crown allows one Double Century credit and one Volunteer credit per person per event.

Completing the White Mountain Double Double is a great accomplishment which riders can document in great detail on their Bio Page of their California Triple Crown History Report.


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8.   Can I ride a motorized or an electric assist bike on these Double Centuries?

These Double Centuries are for human only powered bicycles. If a cyclist rides a motorized or electric assist bike, he should not receive ride credit by the Organizer of the Double Century.

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9.   What is the California Triple Crown Gold Thousand Mile Club?

The California Triple Crown Gold Thousand Mile Club recognizes those select Cyclists who have completed Five or More of the California Triple Crown Double Centuries and supported at least one of them in one calendar year, which is January 1 to December 31.

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, which is January 1 to December 31, they can share any volunteer days to anyone they choose.

If a volunteer rides a Double in this calendar year, which is January 1 to December 31, 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 Chuck Bramwell, the California Triple Crown Guy at: cbrams (at) caltriplecrown (dot) comt

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.

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10.   Do the Gold Thousand Mile Club Doubles and volunteer day have to be in the same calendar year?

Yes. The calendar year is January 1 to December 31.

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11.   Who can give me volunteer credit toward my Gold Thousand Mile Club?

Anyone who volunteers at a California Triple Crown event can give their volunteer credit to you. Their volunteer day can only be given to one person for each event. The volunteer must email us at cbrams (at) caltriplecrown (dot) com, so we know who the volunteer is and to which rider they are donating their volunteer day. There is one exception: An active Double rider for the current year, must take their first volunteer day for themselves. If they have a second volunteer day, they can donate their second volunteer day to anyone they wish.

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12.   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 and they earn the right to purchase the incredibly beautiful CTC Stage Race Jersey

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!!


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13.   Do the Stage Race Doubles need to be ridden in the same calendar year?

Yes. The Doubles that are in this year's California Triple Crown Stage Race are shown on the Schedule Page. They must be completed in the same calendar year, which is January 1 to December 31.

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14.   Why, how, and when do I register for the California Triple Crown?

You should register your name with the California Triple Crown so that we can give you the recognition you deserve for completing the Double Centuries you've ridden. Registration is easy ... just go HERE and login. Don't worry!! We value your privacy and will not sell or rent your information to anyone. You can register at any time but we would appreciate you register before you complete your first Double so we already know who you are when you complete your first Double. We appreciate when you update your registration after you finish each Double, but it is not necessary. We give credit to all finishers that are reported by the Organizers. We post the results from the ride organizer's finishers lists based on the Last Name and First Name. Please be sure to register with the California Triple Crown and sign up for the Double Centuries using the same Last Name and First Name. You need to do nothing more to get CTC credit.

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15.   I have a new e-mail address. How do I enter it for the California Triple Crown?

Simply go to HERE, login, then enter your new e-mail address.
This is the same as going to www.CalTripleCrown.com and clicking "Update Your Info" at the top.

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16.   I see some riders are listed as Finishers on the Potential Winners report for an event I finished, but I am not listed. What do I do?

The Organizers compile their Finishers list and then send it to the California Triple Crown. From there, we must match up each Finisher by Last / First Name and this is done with volunteer help. It is done in small pieces with the volunteer time we get. Here is the key: The first row at the top of the reports is called, “Results Posted?” If it is blank for any event, we are working on entering the Results. If that box turns to “Y”, then we think we are pretty much done. When the box turns green, we think we have the riders and volunteers done to the best of our knowledge. If you see a “Y” or a Green box under a specific event and you have not been given credit, please contact Chuck Bramwell at cbrams (at) caltriplecrown (dot) com.

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17.   Why can't the results be posted to the California Triple Crown Database right now?

Each of the organizers of the Double Centuries in the California Triple Crown (CTC) have their own computer systems. The California Triple Crown does not have an electronic means to automatically post the results of the Double Centuries to the California Triple Crown Data Base. Each Organizer sends their data to CTC in their own system and this has to be interpreted by CTC volunteers.

Each and every Finisher and volunteer is manually posted to the California Triple Crown Website by a California Triple Crown volunteer. The process is very time consuming as matching Finishers with past Finishers is sometimes not apparent due to lack of complete info from the Organizer. The entire California Triple Crown team are all volunteers. The ride entry fees go to the ride organizers and none of these fees pay for any aspect of the California Triple Crown.

We post the results from the ride organizer's finishers lists based on the Last Name and First Name. Please be sure to register with the California Triple Crown and sign up for the Double Centuries using the same Last Name and First Name.

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18.   When can I order my California Triple Crown products?

You can order your Jersey whenever you like and we’ll ship it out when you’ve completed the Doubles you need for what you order. As soon as you order your Jersey, it will be allocated to you so it will be yours once you complete the rides required for it. All of the California Triple Crown products are sold using a "First come, First served" philosophy so if we are low on your size, you may want to order early so your Jersey is allocated to you and will be waiting for you once you've completed the Doubles you need for what you ordered.

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19.   Can I order a jersey for Double Centuries completed in prior years?

Yes. For example, in 2012, you can order a jersey for rides you accomplished in 1995. Just go to the Products Page, select what you want to order and click "Order It Now" on the page of anything that you want to order. The California Triple Crown store is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year for your shopping pleasure.

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