Friday, January 10, 2014

copper triangle 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 Copper Triangle.  This classic Colorado ride features 6000 feet of elevation gain over 78 miles including 3 mountain passes.
The first year I went to Colorado to ride the CRMBT the tour director, Peter, told us about this ride, and said that by the end of the week we would have ridden the entire Copper Triangle course. Day 2 ended in Leadville, and the next morning we left town heading northwest toward Minturn. It was fascinating for this flatlander to leave town at over 10,000 feet and have some of Colorado's famous "14ers" rising far above me. We rode through Vail and after Vail Pass stayed on the bike path through Copper Village all the way to Frisco. After a rest day we backtracked and headed south through Leadville on our way to Salida. The route provided plenty of challenge, but incredible scenery and great descents too.
So the following year we signed up to ride the Copper Triangle before hopping back in the van and driving to Montrose for the start of that year's CRMBT. I can say that it's an awesome ride to do with 2999 of your closest friends, but it would have been so much better to spend the weekend at Copper Village enjoying the post-ride festivities. I would encourage anyone who would like to try riding in Colorado, but not ready to commit to a week-long tour, to give this a try. It's a blast!

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