Yesterday I told you about our week-long bike trip. Day 2 of the trip was a "Happy Birthday to Me!" ride up Mount Evans. (Route links in yesterday's blog as well.) What a great way to spend my birthday.
The ride from Idaho Springs to Echo Lake is a mix of the landscape like you can see in the photo below and forest.
For the week of riding, some of the athletes could only do a couple of days, some did only road riding, some only mountain biking and a few did the entire mix. In the photo below, the Mt. Evans gang poses at the entry point for the climb. Left to right are Ed Shaw, Bill Frielsdorf, me, Meeka, Ernie Wintergerst and Todd Singiser.
The remaining photos give you a few glimpses of the landscape leading to the top. First, the early switchbacks:
Ed Shaw powers up the climb, above treeline.
Bill Frielsdorf was King of the Mountain this day. Look at all that snow!
Todd Singiser standing on the final set of switchbacks before the top.
Ernie Wintergerst on the final few meters of the ride to the top.
Thanks to Del for taking all of the great photos. I'll post more photos in a slide show at the end of the series.
Round trip ride time today was 4:13, "out" time was 5:30.
I don't know if an Active jersey will make you climb as good as Ed; but it's worth a try. Active is placing a big order for cycling and triathlon gear. Jerseys are $45, shorts are $30 and sleeveless jerseys are $40. They are looking to close the order by Friday July 4th.
You can click the link below to see the gear. You can get through all of the steps to see the details and pricing before having to commit to a payment.
I'm definitely replacing my worn-to-a-nub jersey...
The link is below. All you need to do is click "register now" and follow the steps, pricing is within the order pages.
I was offline all of last week, busy riding my bikes (yes road and mountain) around Colorado. While I was gone, Hunter Kemper and Sarah Haskins claimed the final spots on the USA Triathlon Olympic team with solid performances at the Des Moines race. Congratulations to both of them.
Since 1999, I've been doing a week-long bike tour to boost my fitness and mostly because it's great fun. (The fitness boost is just a handy excuse to ride my bike for a week - as if I need an excuse.)
The plan came together last summer when Del, my husband, suggested that some of us that ride together a lot do our own tour. He said, "Why don't you do a road and mountain bike week and I'll sag for you?" (You've got to love this guy, don't you?)
Over the winter the plan was hatched, Bicycle Tour of Colorado a la Del, known as BTC a la Del:
Day 1: Road bike ride from Loveland to Central City. Overnight in Central City. (80 miles)
Day 2: Road bike ride from Central City to the top of Mt. Evans and back. (56 to 80 miles depending where we start) Overnight in Central City.
Day 3: Mountain bike from Central City over Rollins Pass to Winter Park (Estimated 20-25 miles). Overnight in Winter Park.
Day 4: Mountain bike ride in Winter Park, overnight there as well.
Day 5: Mountain bike ride in Winter Park and drive to Grand Lake or road bike to Grand Lake (40 miles) or some combination. Overnight in Grand Lake.
Day 6: Mountain bike ride around Grand Lake or road bike around Grand Lake.
Day 7: Road bike ride from Grand Lake back to Loveland over Trail Ridge Road (78 miles).
Because my internet access was quite limited last week, I'll give you a recap of what happened in this week's blog. I will tell you that the tour had to be modified due to lodging issues, snow issues (Day 6 in the photo below) and some road issues. More on those issues as the story unfolds...
For Day 1, we rode the back roads from Loveland to Lyons. After a refueling stop in Lyons, we traveled south on Highway 36 towards Boulder. Before hitting Boulder, we headed west on the Lefthand Canyon Road to Ward. This section of road is one of the classic rides out of Boulder. Just west of Ward, we caught the Peak to Peak Highway (72) just past Central City and Black Hawk to stay at a hotel that allowed dogs.
Ride time was 5:44 and "out" time was 7:00, a long day in the saddle; but fun.
I don't have photos from the Day 1 ride, but look forward to Day 2 - Mount Evans, "North America's Highest Auto Road" where we climbed 28 miles from Idaho Springs (7,524 feet) to the top of the pavement of Mount Evans at 14,130 feet. This route hosts one of the classic Colorado races, the Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans Hill Climb. The route and profile can be found here.