It’s the eve of Ride the Rockies 2014, my bags are packed and I think I’m ready to hit the road! With only 471 miles over six days in front of me I’m really not sure what lies ahead. This has been a long and exciting journey, part of myself is terrified and the other part is excited.
The first time I heard about Ride the Rockies I wasn’t even a cyclist. I probably hadn’t been on a bike in years, but it had such appeal to me that I knew I wanted to do it one day. It wasn’t a goal I had set, it’s not the reason I got into cycling, I just knew it was something I wanted, now had to do. To be honest I don’t ever think I thought about how difficult it might actually be.
This year I’ve already ridden 3228 miles, over 272 workouts. The numbers say I should be ready, but am I? I guess we’ll find out.
The route this year is exciting to me. These are places that I frequent in the Colorado Mountains. I’m excited to see them from a new perspective. I also know how far they are in a car.
Here is a summary of what’s ahead for the week:
Day 1: Boulder to Winter Park, 89 Miles, 9,911’ Elevation Gain. Day 2: Winter Park to Steamboat Springs, 95 Miles, 4,213’ Elevation Gain. Day 3: Steamboat Springs Loop “Twenty Mile Rd.”, 54 Miles, 3,831’ Elevation Gain. Day 4: Steamboat Springs to Avon, 82 Miles, 5,139’ Elevation Gain. Day 5: Avon to Breckenridge, 74 Miles, 5,580’ Elevation Gain. Day 6: Breckenridge to Golden, 77 Miles, 4,821’ Elevation Gain
Follow along here at Cyclizing and I’ll be posting daily during Ride the Rockies with updates and pictures.