Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Taos, NM
Bikes: 2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
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WIND. many people think of everything that might go awry, but forget about the wind. I dont recommend an east to west track that time of year.
I crossed the rockies in october of 2007 (going east to west), crossing over La Vita Pass in southern colorado. I didn't hit snow, but had to leave around 4 AM in order to get some riding in before the wind picked up. Coming down lavita, it took 10 hours to go 15 miles despide the downhill grade, had to pdeal in the lowest gear to get DOWN the mountain. had to rest about every two miles because of a steady 40 MPH gale.
It can start snowing at highier elevations in september, and by opctober it is a definate risk. Or not. can be quite nice. When not in China, I live in Taos, NM (southern rockies) and bicyling is quite nice in sept and oct between 7-9000 feet. it snows eariler in the colorado rockies.
in the northern rockies (montana, wyo) I would say september may be too late.
2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
2009 Custom TI Frame touring Bike. S&S couplers, XTR Drivetrain. LOW granny.
2009 Performance Bicycles TI (by Lynsky) road frame, 7900 DA, 7950 DA Compact Crank, Light Niobium Rim Wheels