Monday, January 18, 2010

crmbt 2010 - day 7

By the final day of the tour we will have climbed Tennessee, Fremont, Loveland and Squaw Passes. We'll have ridden up Mt Evans, over the Peak to Peak Highway and Trail Ridge Road. We will have a lot of miles and a lot of climbing under our belts. Say that two times. But, we still have to get back to where we started. And the CRMBT organizers give us a century ride to get there. Day 7 is 102 miles from Granby to Edwards.

We start out on highway 40 to Kremmling. A few miles northwest of there we get off of the road that leads  to Steamboat Springs, and take the road less travelled. County Road 134 will take us over Gore Pass, 9527', gaining a couple thousand feet over 10 miles, and on towards  Toponas. Maybe we'll see some other kinds of bikers on the way.

There we get onto highway 131 and head south. A little more climbing sets us up for a nice descent down to the State Bridge area. One final climb over a summit only referred to as CO 131 Summit, seven miles at 6% or better grade to 8250', and it's pretty much all downhill from there. 102 miles and 5100'  of climbing will be a great way to finish a tour that will take some of us to new heights. Now, back to the trainer.

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