The Denver Post Ride The Rockies announced their 2014 route on Saturday night. It's an almost loop, starting in Boulder, and ending about 20 miles south in Golden. Really seems like they're opposed to the loop, huh? Anyway, it should come as no surprise that this route includes plenty of climbing and descending, and an abundance of spectacular scenery.
challenging. But if they still have the legs to get up Berthoud Pass, they'll be rewarded with some great views, and a nice descent into Winter Park.
The fourth day takes riders back on part of the route from day 3 to Oak Creek, then heads southeast towards Avon. It looks like about 50 miles of slowly gaining altitude, followed by a nice descent down into the valley where they'll cross the Colorado River. Which leads to a climb of CO 131 Summit. Again, not bad on it's own, but towards the end of a long day, it will be hot, and it will seem steeper than it really is.
Copper Triangle. I love this ride over Battle Mountain Summit, Tennessee Pass, and Fremont Pass. But, I would always choose to do it from the other direction if I had the choice.