A rough edit of today's ride, which covered 76 miles from Buena Vista to Edwards. Headwinds made the first 20 miles interesting, but soon subsided. Moderate and steady climbs up to Leadville and Tennessee Pass were rewarded with an awesome descent.
The stinger in the tail came with the climb over Battle Mountain, but the final long descent to Edwards came quick and offered more amazing Colorado vistas. Alas, my camera battery had called it quits by then -- just as well, the downhill took all the concentration my tired mind could muster.
Day three done. Another solid day as we climbed out of Edwards on our way to Steamboat Springs. 80.5 miles and 4,400 feet made for a beautiful ride -- but the last 40 miles were straight into the teeth of a 15 mph headwind/crosswind. Thank God I found those two guys to work with; that paceline saved my ass. Thanks guys.
The 50 mile steamboat loop on day 4 of the 2011 edition of Ride The Rockies was definitely not a "rest day." In fact, it was beautiful but full of punchy, double-digit climbs that had most muttering to themselves. But what a ride!. The climb just past the tiny Apple Dam Resovoir was particularly tough, with grades nearing 15%.
All the climbs were less than two miles long, but they were all bitches. In fact, that's the locals name for the loop, "The five bitches." Ride The Rockies day 4: enjoy your rest day.
I found the perfect partner to pace me up Rabbit Ears pass (7.7 miles, 3,000 feet and 7%), and I was feeling good with the "hard" part of the ride done. But beneath Muddy Pass the headwinds returned and were with us for 20 miles until the town of Kremmling, when we turned left up the Colorado River and into blessed tailwinds that helped push us nearly all the way to Granby. Byers Canyon, near the end of the ride, was particularly impressive. Day 5 Ride The Rockies