I just started cycling last year. I went from total couch potato to actually getting fairly fit before winter and I'm battling getting it back now that the weather has improved here. Hit 1k miles for the year yesterday. I've never had to tackle hills here really though much less mountains. We do have crazy winds here that I understand might help prep somebody for tackling climbs.
I think I would really like to take a mini vacation up to Colorado and ride a century, but I'm just not sure how I will do in the mountains with elevation and climbs. I found a website that lists a lot of different events and rates the difficulty that might be some guide, but I would appreciate any input anyone has.
Colorado Cycle Rides, Gran Fondo, Century Rides, Ultra Cycling, Cycle Tours Calendar
I'm interested in something fun like my idea of what a Gran Fondo is maybe. Not really out to prove myself as being the fastest (I know I'm not). I don't even ride a carbon bike which might be noteworthy in the equation.
Will I die?