No Cost, self supported ride through Colorado. We will not be racing or riding in a group while in the national parks simply a way to get to where the race starts again which is out side of the park boundaries.
This route is complete. Its around 530 total miles with 50k of climbing.
This is the first leg bring food with you the first option for resupply of food is right around 150 miles plenty of water and camping along the way would defiantly want to have some water leaving from state forest ranger lakes. This is where a lot of road riding is happening no heavy traffic into granby.
Rollins pass is a pretty manageable climb (plenty of camping options a few places to get water as well) to a steep hike a bike section maybe 300 yards to get around a collapsed tunnel the descent is a little rough littered with golf ball/ baseball sized rocks. Make sure you grab some water at the bottom the next climb has none again not bad up to a rocky down. Head to central city then down OMG road to Idaho Springs not a lot of camping options after central city.
a heck of a gravel climb from Idaho springs we will have a really fast road descent down to evergreen. In Evergreen there is a strait line this is a Evergreen Mtn east trail to Lois Lane trail total distance is around 1.2 miles. Ride with gps does not see these for some reason but both bike legal and really nice city bike trails. The straight line is fairly close but you gps will probably be beeping at you while riding this. Small climb out of town and on to conifer there are grocery stores in conifer but must go 1/4 mile of route worth it next service is 80 miles away. camping is limited until rampart range road area. we will be doing north fork trail with about 200 yards of steep hike a bike at the start then great flowing single track
ride the whole road or can turn down 320 mt herman road if you are wanting to doesnt really change much other than food/water options sooner through monument and Colorado springs but no camping options if you turn early this is the same distance just along a bike path rather than the road either way plenty of resupply and bike shop needs once you get to town
There is a gate at the end of the pavement they close this area to cars at night you will be fine crossing the gate on bike. Tough long climb out of the springs to beautiful mountains then to cripple creek with limited services. camping and water are both easy on the climb up
camping/ water options along shelf road to a mountain park where you can camp but no water then to canyon with resupply. Out of Canyon it turns into national forest on oak grade rd with plenty of camping not a lot of water however
the last climb we will have will be Medano pass to Great Sand Dunes National Park there are a couple of small hike a bike section on the rainbow trail lots of camping and water options once you get back to the mountains available until you enter the national park . once you enter the park you must do the ride to the end with only one place for food and water no camping push those last 30 miles to the end.
Lights and safety stuff lets be safe and seen. I would recommend to get a reflective piece to wear or mount to you bike
We will be in some areas that camping will not be a problem and some area would not be a good idea such as the national parks or private property i will post more about this as i learn more about each area.
It looks around 100 miles in between resupply points other than the first one which is around 150 you will most likely want to get water in between these stops i will post on where to fill up at when everything gets finalized
I will post here but will make a Facebook page so we can all post about thoughts we have on the race.