After seeing the routes for these first days in the professional races I have put a series of rides in Colorado as my #1 goal. The mountains and streams are so beautiful and the challenge of making the climbs is powerful to me. This set of routes in these races have to be some of the hardest to conquer in the sport. I know that a BF member is doing a ride that lets you ride the route ahead of the pros with full support, that is not my goal, though. I'd just like to go to some the various towns and ride a route similar to the race's but not as part of any big group or just ahead of the pros. Just stay in a small B&B each night, drive to each starting point if necessary and ride it as a loop.
Saying I had done a few of these climbs to myself would be a life time experience for me. The simple challenge of besting the gradient is enough to make me want to do this. All of you living in Colorado have my admiration, you live in such a beautiful, diverse state with a lot of bicycling opportunities.