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    Bike trip suggestions

    Looking at doing a road bike trip, starting from Copper over Fremont down to Salida, then Monarch to CB (not in 1 day ). Just wondering if anybody has ridden those highways, and if you think they're safe (enough). I did Copper to Aspen last year, so that portion to Twin Lakes turnoff I've done and it was alright. Figured it would be just staying on Hwy24, then 50. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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    Also, new here... would this better belong under "Touring" section?

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    Those roads are safe "enough" but they sure aren't the best choice. If those end-points are important, I would cut off at Buena Vista and go over Cottonwood. The west side is dirt, but ok on fatter road tires (check for current conditions, it's been a couple years since I rode it). 285 and 50 are busy, and there tends to be south wind in that valley, so you'll have a lot of headwind.

    If you are looking for ride ideas and those end points aren't important, let us know what your parameters are, I probably have some ideas.
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    Sure, I'd love suggestions, the endpoints aren't specific. We were planning in starting from Copper b/c we have a place there, but that's optional. Mainly I wanted to hit Monarch because I haven't done it and USAPC is going there this year. Daily mileage of 80-90 is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmilk View Post
    Looking at doing a road bike trip, starting from Copper over Fremont down to Salida, then Monarch to CB (not in 1 day ). Just wondering if anybody has ridden those highways, and if you think they're safe (enough). I did Copper to Aspen last year, so that portion to Twin Lakes turnoff I've done and it was alright. Figured it would be just staying on Hwy24, then 50. Any thoughts? Thanks!
    From Twin Lakes to Poncha Springs via Buena Vista isn't bad. The road has good shoulders with some heavier traffic but it isn't excessive. South of Twin Lakes the road is actually wider than it is from Leadville to Twin Lakes. US 50 over Monarch Pass is narrower but it is rideable. Just use caution.

    Cochetopa Pass is an alternative route to Monarch Pass but you have to go over Poncha Pass first and this adds about 50 miles to the route.
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