Friday, December 16, Colorado Death Ride. Spectacular views from the Dallas Divide! Photo: Mark Lowe D ate : Back in the future.
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Check-in at am. Phone: Website: Best Western Inn and Suites. Crossing five high altitude alpine passes, the Colorado Death Ride features jaw-dropping mountain scenery that is second-to-none! The San Juan Mountains, which encompass nearly 12, square miles and nearly all of southwestern Colorado, are arguably Colorado's most spectacular mountain range. The San Juans boast over peaks that top 13, feet and 14 of Colorado's 54 sky-scraping 14, foot peaks.
Do you have what it takes to become a Colorado Death Rider?? Please pay attention to this blog and the RMCC website regarding registration. Registration is limited to the first 50 preregistered riders. Registration closes on Jun 15, Participants may withdraw by May 27, for a full refund. After May 27, refunds will not be granted.
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RMCC membership is also required to participate. Time limit: 19 hours Event organizer: For specific question about the event, contact Mark Lowe: mvlowe5 comcast. After a very short night of sleep, riders will stumble out of bed as they prepare for the am start time. US is surrounded by towering, jagged mountain peaks, plush groves of aspen, and serene alpine lakes.
Simply put, the Million Dollar Highway is one of the most spectacular stretches of highway Mancos North America! Game on! The Colorado Death Ride grannies here! Riders will cruise north through Durango along the US toward the southern fringes of the spectacular San Jan Mountains.
As riders head north through the blackness of the night, they will first encounter the community of Hermosa about 10 miles north of Durango. A word of caution: be sure to ride across the railroad tracks in Hermosa with caution as they cross the road at an meet angle. These tracks have been known to take out a cyclist from time to time! From Hermosa, Hwy begins to ascend into the heart of the San Juans, climbing nearly 10 miles before the highway flattens out a bit.
Riders will cruise past the Durango Mountain Resort formally known as the Purgatory Ski Resort and opulent mountain homes scattered Colorado the spectacular mountain landscape.
The final five-mile ascent to the top of Coal Bank Pass is quite steep! Riders will be searching for their granny gears as US snakes its way up to the top of the pass. Riders will gasp for air as the atmosphere becomes increasingly deficient in oxygen near the top of the pass.
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At the top of Coal Bank Pass elev. Temperatures will be quite cold at the top of the pass. In fact, it is not unusual to encounter sub-freezing temperatures on these high altitude passes even on the grannie pleasant of summer evenings. Riders will want to grab their meet weather riding gear from their drop bags before venturing on!! From the top of Coal Bank Pass, riders will make the short but steep three-mile descent to the saddle i.
Riders should exercise a bit of caution when making this descent or any of the other upcoming descents! It is not unheard of to encounter debris in the road, including rocks, sticks, or even a stray deer. The sharp, jagged snow-covered peaks of the Needle and Granadier Mountains to the east will provide riders with spectacular mountain scenery as riders catch their first glimpses of daylight.
Upon reaching the summit of Molas Pass elev. Again, riders should use extreme caution when making this descent as temperatures will be extremely cold and this section of road is notoriously strewn with potholes and other road debris! From Ridgway, riders will turn west onto CO 62 toward the community of Placerville. The climb over the Dallas Divide is an unforgettable experience! The views of the Sneffels Range to the south of the divide are simply stunning!
Headwinds up the Dallas Divide can make this ten mile, 1, foot ascent extremely difficult, especially as riders accumulate additional Colorado in their Mancos fatiguing legs.
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From the top of the divide, riders will make a gentle mile 1, foot descent into the community of Placerville elev. Riders will turn south onto CO Hint: Do not miss this turn!!
Additionally, it only has a minimal shoulder for cycling and holiday traffic especially RV traffic along this road can make this section a fairly stressful experience! Please use extreme caution when making this climb! Riders will eventually reach Checkpoint 3 at the Telluride junction gas station elev.
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Riders will turn south onto CO at the T-intersection to the east of Telluride to reach the gas station. From Telluride, riders will continue to climb toward the summit of Lizard Head Pass. As participants continue to climb the series of steep ascents and rollers on COthey will pass the turn-offs for the Telluride Ski Resort and for the mining town of Ophir along the way. The mountain scenery will remain truly spectacular along this section of CO !
Riders will definitely want to stop and take some photos with their digital cameras. The scenery is simply stunning!
Riders will see the spectacular Wilson group of 14ers Mt. After 12 miles of additional climbing, riders will reach the summit of the spectacular Lizard Head Pass elev. Riders will then begin a gradual mile descent toward Checkpoint 4the town of Rico elev.
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This section of highway, which has a fairly good riding shoulder and generally light traffic, rolls its way downward for nearly 36 miles, descending over 2, vertical feet along the way. As riders approach the town of Dolores elev.
Note: This section can be deceptively difficult! The prevailing winds in the Dolores River Valley are often from the southwest, which could create a situation of nearly 36 miles of headwinds in the downhill direction! This will definitely not make this gradual descent from Rico to Dolores seem any easier!
As riders approach Mancos from the northwest, the surrounding landscape will continue to become noticeably more desert-esque. Riders will see Mesa Verde National Park off in the distance to the southwest. After riding through 18 miles of rollers through very scenic farming and ranching land, participants will reach Checkpoint 5 in Mancos elev.
From Mancos, Colorado Death Riders--with nearly miles in their weary legs—will turn east onto USpromptly beginning the final climbs of the long day. And if riders have any luck, the prevailing winds from the west will assist their efforts in conquering these climbs.
The first climb is a moderately steep six mile climb to the east of Mancos, which descends rapidly into the community of Cherry Creek. Riders will then tackle a longer ten mile climb to the top of Hesperus Hill elev. As riders continue east, they will appreciate the La Plata Mountains, a small sub-range of the San Juans to the northwest of Durango.
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The historical mining community of Silverton, nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. With its steep drops, Red Mountain Pass is one of the most notorious passes in Colorado! The picturesque Mt. Sneffels Range as photographed from the Dallas Divide. The region around Telluride, often referred to as the "Swiss Alps of the Rockies," is never short on pristine mountain scenery! Views from the beautiful Dolores River Valley. The scenery becomes noticeably more arid as riders approach Mancos.