The Rock Cycle
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Western Colorado
Bikes: Salsa Vaya Ti, Specialized Ruby, Gunnar Sport, Motobecane Fantom CXX, Jamis Dragon, Novara Randonee x2
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
Let's hear it, CO people. Is there potential for a real summit finish this time?
Stage 5, Breckenridge to Colorado Springs. This stage could end by going up Pikes Peak, topping out at 14,110ft, which isn't too far from Colorado Springs. If you're in the Colorado
Springs Chamber of Commerce and you want your city's name associated with Pikes Peak, this is the way to do it. If they do decide to finish at the summit of Pikes Peak, look for HUGE crowds and a Colombian out front at the end.
This would also explain why Stage 4, Aspen to Beaver Creek, looks like little more than a transfer stage. We actually drove this route last year to get to Vail after the Gunnison to Aspen stage (we camped on Independence Pass), and as best I recall it's scenic but there won't be anything selective on this route.
The rumor is that Stage 1, Durango to Telluride, will go through Mancos and Dolores then over Lizard Head Pass (10,222ft). Lizard Head Pass from the west side is a long, but steady climb. I can't see this stage being too selective. A breakaway of non-favorites might be allowed to get away on the climb, but the descent into Telluride should see the favorites finishing together. The alternative, going from Durango to Telluride via Hwy 550, would take the race over Coal Bank Pass (10,660ft), Molas Pass (10,889ft), Red Mountain Pass (11,075ft), Dallas Divide (8970ft), and finish with a 15km haul up the road to Telluride. That would be brutal for the first day, so I doubt they'll be doing that.
Salsa Vaya Ti
Novara Randonee x2
Motobecane Fantom CXX
Last edited by eofelis; 12-09-11 at 08:36 PM.