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Doctor, doctor! Cyclists mad at being shut out of July's Triple Bypass ride

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Want to ride in this year's Triple Bypass? Well, you likely can't.

Registration for the 120-mile bicycle ride from Evergreen to Avon -- and over three mountain passes -- sold out yesterday in under one hour. That's record time; in 2008, the 3,500 slots were snapped up in eleven days. Last year, it took just 44 hours.

"It's just amazing this sold out so quickly," race director Jenny Anderson says about this year's Triple, to be held July 10. "We're all still in a whirlwind."

But riders who weren't quick enough to get a registration would probably use a different phrase to describe their emotions. Like "pissed off."

Here's a sample of comments left on Active.com, the website that handled this year's registrations:

I am upset at the registration process. I was unable to be at a computer at 12:00 on the dot (when registration opened). I am upset with the whole scalping process and I don't want to fight to pay 2X the ticket price 3-4 weeks before the event.

I too feel cheated. I paid for the team registration with the expectation of getting into the event. It's like I bought a gift card to a store, only to find out that the store was out of merchandise. Very disappointing.

(Team Evergreen, which sponsors the ride) did a horrible job with this. They knew it would go fast and yet they set it up in a way to encourage the scalpers on craigslist. They even moved the date to noon in the middle of a work week to make it particularly difficult for anyone who has to work at that time. They will warn you that riding the route without a wrist band can get you arrested. What garbage.

I am so bummed. We had planned our family trip and already arranged a nanny and travel (from NY) for the event. I was not able to register either. I do hope that the reg process will be reviewed. BTW- these are public roads- anyone can ride the course- right? I will do self-support and ride on the roads that I pay for in my taxes.

sold out in 35 minutes. i'm getting my membership $$ back. this is crap.

But one person's crap is another's reason to celebrate. Team Evergreen is happy that the event is so popular, and Anderson says its board will look into expanding the ride in future years, perhaps doing a reverse Triple Bypass the day after.

And as for the "pirate riders" who want to crash the Triple? Anderson says race officials will be extra vigilant this year. The roads that riders use belong to the U.S. Forest Service -- and she says they're the ones who capped the event at 3,500 riders based on the roads' capacity. Pirates, proceed with caution. Argh.

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