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Old 07-14-09, 03:13 PM   #1
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CO 50+ governor can outride your governor

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Gov. Bill Ritter survived a triple bypass over the weekend.

So did about 3,500 others participating in the 21st annual Triple Bypass bike race that begins in Evergreen, ends in Avon and goes over three mountain passes: Squaw, 11,140 feet above sea level; Loveland, 11,900 feet; and Vail, 10,560 feet.

The passes weren't the hard part, Ritter said. It was the stretch between Idaho Springs and the base of Loveland.

"It's straight uphill. It's unrelenting. You really have had to have eaten your oatmeal that day," he said.

Ritter began at 5:30 a.m. Saturday and finished the 120-mile race about 6:30 p.m. after several rest stops and enduring some rain.

He rode with the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center's "Champions for Children" cycling team. The center helps arrange for pro bono legal services for abused and neglected children. The biking team helps raise money for the group.

Ritter knows the group from his days as Denver district attorney.

The governor said he agreed to the race in April and started training by trying to ride a couple of mornings a week and logging one long weekend ride.

It was Ritter's first attempt at the race and probably his last. " 'Check it off' is what I said when I finished," Ritter recalled, with a laugh.
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Old 07-14-09, 03:33 PM   #2
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Good for him. A great example for Colorado residents as it promotes healthy and environmentally friendly activities.
Wish our Gobernator was riding bikes instead of Hummers.
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Let's switch from riding to bench pressing. I think our gov may have an upper hand.
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Looking at the title I immediately thought of our ex-gov, he did a lot of riding of a different kind.
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Looking at the title I immediately thought of our ex-gov, he did a lot of riding of a different kind.


You win hands down.
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Man! That is really something. Even in a bike-aware state like Colorado, where the Governor does 120 mile bike rides, the newspapers still don't know the difference between a bike ride and a bike race.
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Man! That is really something. Even in a bike-aware state like Colorado, where the Governor does 120 mile bike rides, the newspapers still don't know the difference between a bike ride and a bike race.
And, the Denver Post sponsors the "RIDE the Rockies" each year.
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And, the Denver Post sponsors the "RIDE the Rockies" each year.
I've heard that's a really good race.
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But could he outride our 65+ MA Senator? A couple of years ago Sen. Kerry did day 1 of the Pan-Mass Challenge, which is more than 100 miles, at 19+ mph.
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"The governor said he agreed to the race in April and started training by trying to ride a couple of mornings a week and logging one long weekend ride."

And then he does a 120-miler with a bunch of climbing? Something seems incomplete here.
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No doubt he can out ride our gov. "Fast Eddie" Rendell(Taxdell) except when he has his driver go 100mph on the PA Turnpike!
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