Yesterday was a sweet ride up Mt. Evans. Today, the original plan was to mountain bike from Central City over Rollins Pass to Winter Park. Scott Ellis made a few phone calls to bike shops in Winter Park to check on the condition of Rollins pass and they said, "unpassable". Darn.
The back-up plan was to ride road bikes from Central City to Winter Park. That plan, however, needed modification as well. The first plan was to ride east on 119, connect to the Clear Creek Canyon Road and then to Idaho Springs. From there we would ride the Frontage Road to Empire and a sweet climb up Berthoud Pass and descent into Winter Park.
Foiled. No bikes allowed on the Clear Creek Canyon Road.
There is another way out of Central City that connects to the new Parkway and then Idaho Springs. The name of that route is, "Oh My God Road". Gee, wonder why they call it that? Let's do a pre-drive.
There is good reason it is called Oh My God Road. That is what I kept repeating as our car moaned to climb the road. To get out of bed and immediately start this climb is a recipe for blowing up knees. Not a good idea.
Plan D: The Sag Teams (Del and Meeka; Sandy, Allie and Craig Singiser; and Janie Shaw) hauled us to Empire via cars and we started our road ride from Empire. A much-needed shorter day, though still a good amount of climbing. It is 26 miles with a total gain of roughly 5,829 feet over 13 miles and a descent of 4,941 feet over 23 miles.
I love Berthoud Pass. It's a sweet climb. Not many photos today, just one of a waterfall next to the road. Ride time 1:55, out time 2:15.
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