From the 2009 Bicycle Tour of Colorado and beyond, here are some stories and pictures of life on the road.
Altitude sickness optional.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
What Have We Done?
Bicycle Tour of Colorado’s 15th anniversary tour… This trip is spectacular: you will need to test your mettle on four, count them four, near century days, two 12,000 foot passes, the Grand Mesa, and a lower pass. Total route mileage, if you partake in the must-do Colorado National Monument ride on the second day is about 555 miles for the week. This is easily the longest tour ever for the BTC. Despite the length, I believe that the ride will be worth just about every mile. The Grand Mesa (which is a first for the BTC, I believe), Colorado National Monument (another first), Independence Pass, Cottonwood Pass (another first), and Crested Butte all offer incredible scenery and fantastic cycling challenges.
Summary: 555 miles. 40,000 feet of climbing. two 12,000 foot passes. 15 miles of dirt road.