Awesome ride! Clearly the toughest hill climb in CO; heard many say one of toughest in US. Avg. grade 6.7 and many sections >10%! Much, much harder than Evans. First ride I've been at where they have an Oxygen Tank/rebreather masks at summit for people to use - and many were! Perfect weather, clear/sunny sky with winds "only" in 30-40mph gusts; the dirt section better shape than much of the Boulder Roubaix type dirt, and only 2miles of it; they "controlled" the descent so that there were not mass numbers of people on ride down (which was very nice, allowing one to enjoy scenery which is breathtaking (or was I short of breath for other reasons...). Roadway closed - so no traffic to deal with at all! Only negative was that the food at aid stations was extremely limited (nutrition bars and bananas) and gatorade/water
Night before dinner/pasta feed was also veerrry tasty, with lots of wine and beer available.
For those who made it to top - congrats; for those who missed it - make noise to have this be an annual event!