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Orange Crush

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07/10/2013 06:53 PM
Entheo - I haven't seen any steep pitches so far. Ridden two days now (Evans today) and steepest I've come across is maybe 7% (and then there's those funny signs that say steep road :-) Nasty headwinds tho and today got caught in a thunderstorm (twice) but more about that later.
longslowdistance

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07/10/2013 09:54 PM
12000 feet on trail ridge road has its own challenges.
BikeCzar

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07/10/2013 09:55 PM
If you want steep, I can help you find it. But yes Mt. Evans and Trail Ridge are not known for their steepness.
Orange Crush

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07/10/2013 10:13 PM
BC - I am looking for an idea for Friday. I had originally thought Copper Triangle but soured on that one driving over part of route today (highway, bunch of mine tailings); the other option was going to be Colorado Nat Monument. Looks great but a bit aways from Leadville. Anything else must ride in the area? You mentioned Loveland Pass before which I saw along the I70.

Saturday I am thinking maybe an afternoon spin in Boulder area if I still have juice left. Or maybe just drink beer!
BikeCzar

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07/10/2013 10:43 PM
Yeah, man. I can make a couple of suggestions.

If you want to ride in the high country which may be good with the temps down low expected to be in the mid nineties, I'd say maybe a Loveland Guanella Pass combo. Guanella Pass from Georgetown is really really nice. Smooth pavement, great views. It may not be enough as a stand alone. You could park at Keystone ski area and do both. I'll guess it would be around 80 miles and 9000 ft. of climbing. There is a nice little bike path combined with a frontage road that gets you from near Loveland Ski area down to Georgetown so you don't have to ride I-70. Or park at Loveland Ski Area and ride down to Georgetown, get Guanella, then ride back to your car and give yourself the option of hitting the east side of Loveland Pass with a quick ride back down to your car. It's a long uphill drag from Georgetown to Loveland Pass Rd.

If you want more suffering then come back into Boulder. Ride over Old Stage Rd. to left turn on Left Hand Canyon to Overland Dr. through Jamestown, continue through Jamestown and on up the SuperJames climb all the way to Peak to Peak highway (few miles of dirt). Left turn on P2P up to Ward. Slide down through Ward to a right turn on Lee Hill Road. Up and over back into Boulder. Add on Flagstaff or SuperFlag to make it epic.

Or just hit some Boulder climbs. SuperFlag, Sunshine (few miles of dirt), Four Mile to Gold Hill (few miles of dirt), Magnolia Rd to the dirt or to Ned. In any combination and order.
Orange Crush

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07/14/2013 08:13 AM
BikeCzar - yeah those local Boulder climbs are tough and more pitchy than the high country. This is more like the stuff I ride at home.
Did Nederland - Sugarloaf loop, parked about 2 miles out of Nederland to south (up the hill). Fast ride down the canyon (119), first pitchy part of Sugarloaf was OK. Then really started suffering in the mid-day heat (or maybe it was just the collective fatigue from previous days)and went through my water bottles in no time. Had to paperboy it up the last pitchy part near top. The downhill part now that was steep.The dirt got a little rough near the end (washboard), once back on 72 ripped back to NL as the weather turned south again and just managed to reach car before torential downpoor. That's it for CO, thanks for the advise. Cheers!



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