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EricL 07-27-13 09:12 AM

Red Rocks Century
 
Hi, just wondering if anyone on here is planning on doing this ride. I signed up last week.
No one I've mentioned it to has even heard of it. I'm curious to see how many riders there will be.
From what I can tell the "century" is actually 115 miles. I've been doing 80 and 50 mile rides
on parts of the route to train but I'm still a bit intimidated by that distance. Also it's been years
since I've done any kind of supported ride so looking forward to it and hope there's a good
number of riders who don't smoke me in the first hour.

http://www.redrockscentury.com

SirScott 08-02-13 09:11 AM

Same here...Tour de Steamboat in 2007 (?) was probably my last organized ride. High Drive isn't an easy climb by itself, so having that at as the last climb of the day should be fun. Been a long while since I've done any real cycling, so set this one as a goal to force myself back into shape. As to being intimidated by the distance...you shouldn't be. If you've done 80 with plenty of climbing, you'll be fine. To get from 80 to 100 (or 115), you're really just adding in one more climb. The rest is all downhill!

valygrl 08-02-13 02:26 PM

Their web site doesn't work.

I did this ride a few years ago when it was "Healing Wheels" - nice route.

EricL 08-04-13 06:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SirScott (Post 15917182)
Same here...Tour de Steamboat in 2007 (?) was probably my last organized ride. High Drive isn't an easy climb by itself, so having that at as the last climb of the day should be fun. Been a long while since I've done any real cycling, so set this one as a goal to force myself back into shape. As to being intimidated by the distance...you shouldn't be. If you've done 80 with plenty of climbing, you'll be fine. To get from 80 to 100 (or 115), you're really just adding in one more climb. The rest is all downhill!

High Drive is the only part of this route that I haven't done. Squaw pass road last weekend was a mess for a couple of miles followed by a detour. But, they are in the process of repaving it. Thanks for the encouragement SirScott, and good luck!

Quote:

Originally Posted by valygrl (Post 15918665)
Their web site doesn't work.

You might try it on a different device. Their site is fine.

EricL 08-11-13 08:01 AM

Well, I made it, my first century. This was a very challenging ride for me, took me 8.5 hours (including breaks). There was very little shade and temps reached the upper 80's.
My outer left knee started bugging me about 40 miles in but as long as I kept my cadence up it never progressed past a dull ache. Got a little nauseous between Echo Lake
and the top of Juniper Pass. I had gone this high recently and was fine so it wasn't the elevation, think I had too much fluid in me.
Brook Forest is hard enough on its own, doing it after going over hwy 103, 75 miles in, was brutal.

Support was great and everyone was very friendly. Overall for the money got a nice jersey and t-shirt and good food, plus some went to charity. Don't know if I'll do it again, but I'm
still sore right now :). I know as soon as I recover I'll be itching to get back out and climb.


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