YO! Just lettin' ya know that this event occurred in the past. So don't go planning your day around this one.
Sun Jan 14 2018
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Best Western Plus - Highway 20 West
Tri-State Mountain Bike Riders (TMBR)
Distance - 100k
The famous Triple D Winter Race (since
2007), OH what fun we've had!
Registration is now open for the Triple D Winter Race.
What is Triple D?
The Triple D Winter race is a winter endurance trail event that traverses Dubuque County Iowa in the dead of winter by bike, ski or foot. Dubuque, Dyersville and Durango are the 3 major towns the race goes through.
What makes this race different from other marathon and ultra-marathon distance races? Well, it’s in the WINTER for one! Winter racing isn’t about being fast or in shape; it’s about mental toughness and fortitude. Your number one goal is to simply finish! If you approach Triple D with that in mind it is an incredibly fun event.
Who participates in Triple D? The race draws over 170 competitors representing a complete cross-section of individuals from current and pro racers (even a former Tour de France bike racer), top US cross country skiers to local recreational enthusiasts and top ultra-marathon runners. There are even a couple former Iditarod trail racers who compete in Triple D. The race has drawn racers from all over including Florida, New York, Kentucky, Missouri, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.
Is the race supported? NO! While we have lots of volunteers helping and monitoring the race, all racers are to be SELF supported and are not allowed to receive outside help (other than verbal encouragement). Racers will need to carry any extra clothing, food, hydration, etc. that will allow them to finish the event. Racers are allowed to purchase items along the race at local establishments (nearest are about a mile off the trail). We have a number of Sag Vehicles to retrieve racers if they cannot continue. Racers may receive help from other racers.
Is the race difficult? YES!!! However, typically ALL the runners and skiers finish the race. 2009 was the most difficult year for runners due to the 9" of fresh snow that caused issues with wet feet; however they still had a 90% finish rate. The bike division is another story... In the first four years of Triple D, only 30 bikers have finished. YES riding a bike on snow is not easy, but it can be done. Triple D made national FOX news and local TV news for the bike division due to how difficult the event is and the rapidly growing popularly of the sport.
How long does the race take? Is there a time cut off? Review the times from prior years... we recommend that racers either finish or sag so that they are back at the event center by 10 pm (12 hours of racing). The top runners and skiers will finish the Marathon distance in about 3.5 hours! The record bike time is under 5 hours, with most (75%) bikers failing to make the recommended 12 hour cut off (but that doesn't mean they don't have fun!)
What are the distances? The runners and skiers will compete for overall placement in on of the 4 distances (5k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon and a 50km Ultra Marathon). The only distance option for the bikers is an incredibly challenging ultra-marathon ride/slog of +100km (65 horrific miles). Bikers may also participate in the Poker Tour.
What is the weather like in Dubuque in Jan? Your guess is as good as ours or even the weatherman’s... the first year of Triple D we had -20dF air temp (-30dF wind-chill), in 2009 we had sweltering temps of +15dF, 2010 the temp was a mild +10dF to -5dF and in 2011 the conditions were nearly perfect for a winter race. 2013 was between 12 and 17dF.
I want to find out more where should I go? Check out our website for more info.
A couple reminders
mandatory "night before race packet pickup" (exceptions will be allowed,
but must be approved - basically out of town racers who are driving in
the morning of the race may pick up their packet on race day morning).
will NEVER be a cancellation due to weather… if you are concerned about
the variable Iowa weather and -20dF scares you, the race headquarters
has a bar, pool, hot tube, etc… so plan on having fun either way.
- Most updates will be on our Facebook page.
If you’re not on Facebook… you can read about last year’s event, and
this years will be nearly identical. This event is a circus so be
flexible and expect things to be a little haphazard. Doing the event for
the first time is best done with a friend.
Where does the race take place? The runners and skiers start and finish at the Durango Depot on the beautiful Heritage Trail. The bikers start their doomed journey from The Best Western Plus in Dubuque and travel on public and private snow mobile
trails to the historic railroad town of Graf where they then travel on
Heritage trail to Dyersville the halfway check-point then turn back
towards Durango for the finish. The bike route is altered slightly every
year due to trail conditions and weather.
Best Western Plus - Highway 20 West
3100 Dodge Street
Dubuque, IA 52003 MAP
$75-$85 for the 100k Bike, $55-$65 for the Poker Tour, Running events range from $40-$85 depending on distance. Register HERE.