After our rest day in Estes Park this year's CRMBT will take us south on the aptly named Peak to Peak Highway. This National Scenic Byway is a 55 mile stretch from Estes Park at the northern end to Blackhawk/Central City to the south. It passes through Allenspark, Ward, and Nederland. Great views are abundant of small lakes, canyons and Longs Peak along the way.
The starting and ending elevations only differ by a few hundred feet. And our maximum elevation this day will only reach 9,391 feet, the second lowest max elevation on any day of this tour. But by the time we make it up and down all the peaks on in this route we will have climbed almost 10,000 feet on this penultimate day of the tour.
We'll have one more night to sleep in the cool mountain air. We will have earned that sleep on this day, and need that sleep the following day. Everyone will want to be well rested as we again have the chance to ride our bikes higher on a paved road than anywhere else in the world!