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More than 20 years ago, Mark Greenberg had a bucket-list goal for his 40th birthday: the MS 150 bike ride. After that first ride, he was hooked, especially on the hills. He watched the Tour de France each year. “I pictured myself climbing the same mountains as the pros, albeit at a slower pace,” he said. “A good dream, but hard to accomplish at altitude in Houston.” He set his sights on the Rocky Mountains and Vail Pass. He decided to take on the Triple Bypass ride, 100 miles in one day, three mountain pass-climbs, with an elevation gain of 11,000 to 13,000 feet. Although he wanted to take on this ride during his 60th year, in 2020, it was rescheduled due to the Covid pandemic. In 2021, he was ready. He (along with 3,500 other riders) left Evergreen, Colo., around 5:45 a.m. He climbed and descended the three passes and ended the journey in Vail at 6:30 p.m. Coincidentally, one of Mark’s nieces was running an extreme-trail event the same day – 100 miles in 30 hours in Leadville, Colo. – so the family took turns roaming the valley and supporting both athletes. Among those cheering him on at the finish line were his wife, Jennifer, and sons Scott and Miles.
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