Wednesday, September 26, 2012

the best?

The September issue of Bicycling magazine featured an article called "The Best Bike Ride In Every State". Personally, it would be hard for me to pick the best ride in Colorado, from all the great rides I've done. Perhaps Durango to Ouray, 70 miles on the "Million Dollar Highway" with 7000+ feet of climbing?
 But the folks at Bicycling chose Mt Evans. From their website:

Mt. Evans
Olympic medalist and seven-time Tour de France rider Ron Kiefel has ridden Mt. Evans—the highest paved road in the United States, at 14,265 feet—a few times in his life. Make that 20. “Evans isn’t the steepest or craziest mountain I’ve ever done,” he says of the 6,575-foot, 18.4-mile ascent. “But it’s a complete classic. There aren’t many places you can climb for four hours straight.” From Idaho Springs, the highway passes shallow Echo Lake and breaks out of treeline into a rocky, lunar landscape. Up there, a 6 percent grade feels like 10. And the views? South, there’s 14,110-foot Pikes Peak. North, there’s 14,259-foot Longs Peak. West, there’s the endless Rockies. And on a clear day, looking east past Denver, you can actually see the curvature of the earth. “Not many people can say they’ve been up here with a bike,” Kiefel says. “I look at it as a journey and an adventure.”

I can say that I've been up there with a bike.  And it was awesome!
p.s. RIP Andy Williams. I'm dating myself when I say that I remember his variety show on Saturday nights.


  1. You have a lot rides to choose from...that is a good problem to have!

    Andy who? Just kidding:-) I am that old too.

    Thanks for the post!

  2. That looks like the kind of ride that I would really enjoy...Your lucky to have been able to do it..!
    I remember the Andy Williams show was very popular here in the UK.His passing makes me even more aware of my own age..


  3. The places you have ridden are so picturesque.
    I am awestruck when I look at the elevation stats.
    Go Jeff, go!

    Peace :)

  4. Of the roads I sampled, I'd agree that Mount Evans was the best. I'd go even further and say it's one of the most epic rides I've ever done. There's something about climbing about the tree-line, then continuing up for another couple thousand feet. Not to mention that the elevation has a way of playing tricks on you.