Triple Crown of Bikepacking

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The bikepacking triple crown informally refers to completing all three of the classic dirt bikepacking routes. These are:

All three routes have free and loosely organized events held annually, but completing the triple crown is not contingent on participating in any of them. This is a touring/completion feat similar to the Triple Crown of Hiking.

The only standards, for the purposes of bikepacking.net’s completion page, are the following:

  • Cover at least 90% of the generally accepted bike routes for each
  • Complete the routes under your own power, riding a continuous line
  • No time limit
  • Support is fine, but bikepackers are generally self-supported

The race routes for each year are a good rough guide for what is ‘generally accepted’ as the bike route. For the GDMBR, the Canadian section is optional, per ACA’s guidelines for completion at their register (this is also the source of the 90% standard).

Triple Crown Finishers

Aaron Denberg
Alice Drobna
Brett Stepanik
Craig Fowler (+hiking Triple Crown)
David Goldberg
Dylan Taylor
Eric Foster
Eszter Horanyi
Forest Baker
Jay Petervary
Jill Hueckman
John Fairbairn
Kurt Refsnider
Kurt Sandiforth
Mark Caminiti
Marshal Bird
Max Morris
Rick Miller
Robert Orr
Scott Morris

To submit your triple crown completion, simply comment with your name and the year you finished the last of the three below.

The Triple Crown Challenge

The triple crown challenge was dreamed up by bikepacker David Goldberg in 2012. It is to complete the three classic dirt bikepacking events in one calendar year: The Arizona Trail 750, Tour Divide and The Colorado Trail Race. This is a huge undertaking, both in terms of total time spent pedaling and especially managing the short recovery time between the events. Kurt Sandiforth was the first to complete the challenge in 2012 and set the benchmark for the fastest time.

It is understood that all efforts should be undertaken as a part of the Grand Depart of each event. ITTs of all three are respectable (and still happily documented here), but not considered a full triple crown challenge completion.

Background on the triple crown challenge: THE FIRST TRIPLE BIKEPACKING CROWN

Triple Crown Challenge Finishers

Jay Petervary (2015) – 7:20:03 / 14:11:48 / 5:10:42 / Total 27:18:33 (Current Record)
Dylan Taylor (2015) – 8:06:58 / 15:02:59 / 5:17:23 / Total 29:03:20
Robert Orr (2015) – 9:08:09 / 18:07:41 / 6:20:39 / Total 34:12:29
Alice Drobna (2015) – 9:13:53 / 19:22:04 / 6:18:59 / Total 36:06:56 (Current Record, also singlespeed record)
Mark Caminiti (2015) – 11:04:41 / 23:03:56 / 8:18:44 / Total 43:03:21
Kurt Sandiforth (2013) – 9:05:36 / 16:22:04 / 5:10:15 / Total 31:13:55
Forest Baker (2013) -10:14:45 / 18:11:51 / 7:13:51 / Total 35:40:27
Eric Foster (2013) – 10:11:15 / 23:11:50 / 6:23:00 / Total 39:46:05
Mark Caminiti (2014) – 11:12:38 / 27:10:25 / 8:08:56 / Total 46:31:59
Ian MacNab (2016) – 15:10:14 / 23:02:12 / 10:11:44 / Total 49:00:10

Please, if you have finished the challenge, submit your finish times (and total time) in the comments below to have them added to the finisher’s list.

Comments (20)

aaron dNovember 20th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

I think I am possibly a triple crown finisher, with ctr inaug. 2013, aztr this year, and depending how you apply the 90% rule, the GDR this year (I missed impassable section). Thanks, Aaron denberg

ScottMNovember 21st, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Added Aaron Denberg and Kurt Refsnider to triple crown finishers, adding to the initial list of: David Goldberg Eric Foster Eszter Horanyi Forest Baker Jill Hueckman Kurt Sandiforth Mark Caminiti Marshal Bird Max Morris Scott Morris

Eric FosterFebruary 5th, 2015 at 6:01 am

Here are my times

Az trail-10:11:15
Tour Divide-23:11:50
Colorado Trail-6:23:?

Robert OrrApril 21st, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Guess I’m a triple crown finisher, just completed the AZTR!

ScottMApril 21st, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Congrats, Robert! Added Eric’s times, as well, thanks Eric.

Dylan TaylorApril 24th, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Scott – Please add me to the Triple Crown finishers list. CTR 2010, TD 2012, AZT750 2015. Thanks! Dylan

ScottMApril 25th, 2015 at 7:51 am

Congrats, Dylan. The short list grows!

samhJune 26th, 2015 at 10:02 am

According to TrackLeaders the missing info from above is:

Forest Baker (2013) AZT: 10:11:15, TD: 23:11:50, and CT: 06:23:00
Mark Caminiti (2014) AZT: 11:12:38, TD: 27:10:25, and CT: 08:08:56

ScottMJuly 7th, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Thanks, Sam — we have full results for the TCC (triple crown challenge) finishers now.

samhJuly 7th, 2015 at 3:48 pm

You’re most welcome, Scott. Hope to see a name or two more added this season.

John FairbairnAugust 5th, 2015 at 11:46 am

Hi Scott, I’ve now completed the “Triple Crown Finisher” if you could add me to the list.

Tour Divide 2014
AZTR750 2015
CTR 2015

Thanks!

ScottMAugust 7th, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Added all five 2015 Triple Crown Challenge finishers, including both new men’s and women’s records! Thanks to SamH for doing the data collection and math!

Also added John Fairbairn as a Triple Crown finisher.

Rick MillerJuly 3rd, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Scott,

My 2016 TD finish, along with my 2015 AZTR and 2014 CTR, completes my triple crown. Thanks.

ScottMJuly 3rd, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Congrats, Rick! Added your name to a list that is still pretty short.

Ian MacNabAugust 7th, 2016 at 2:41 am

Hi Scott, my times for the triple crown challenge 2016 …

AZT750 15:10:14
TD 23:02:12
CTR 10:11:44

ScottMAugust 8th, 2016 at 10:20 am

Congrats Ian! I’ve added you to the list. Huge accomplishment, a huge year.

Please check my math on the total elapsed time.

Angela WolzApril 8th, 2017 at 11:10 pm

Hmmmm, no women?

ScottApril 9th, 2017 at 9:10 am

On the contrary, there are several women listed here. Hopefully more to come!

Craig FowlerOctober 23rd, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Scott,

I hope you enjoyed those Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. My times for consideration are:

Tour Divide 20:18:56
CTR 7:12:56
AZT: 15:05:49 (ITT)

All in 2017

ScottMOctober 30th, 2017 at 9:59 am

Thanks Craig, and congratulations.

Added Craig Fowler and Brett Stepanik to the finishers list (+ hiking triple crown for Craig!).

Need times for Brett in the Triple Crown Challenge.

Angela — Alice finished the challenge version in 2015, and there are a couple other women in the tour/general finisher list. Everyone would certainly love to see more!

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