Recently took a vacation in Co and was planning on riding in the mountains but somehow ended up in Idaho Springs and realized I was at the gateway to climb a big mountain. I am from Austin, Tx and not used to high altitude riding but felt that I had to give it a try. I am a 56 year old recreational rider and was not prepared at all for this ride. I managed to ride at a slow tempo but the higher I climbed the slower I rode. Then I started to run out of water as I was way above treeline and had to beg motorists for fluids. The wind was very strong this particular day and I really never got a feel for the direction. I guess what I am trying to say is that this mountain really spooked me and I am still feeling the effects after a month back home. I felt like I was going to get blown off the road by the wind gusts on the descent and was also having altitude sickness at the top. Anyone else have an experience with Mount Evans? I managed to complete the ride but felt more damaged than a feeling of accomplishment. It was amazing scenery though.