View Full Version : What to do when Denver is 100 degress

Steve K
07-17-2010, 04:02 PM
Find your way to Idaho Springs and climb Mt. Evans. A few pictures of the ride. Stay cool.

07-17-2010, 04:26 PM
Wow awesome scenery and pictures!!!

I'm jealous, it's just hot where I am.

Karin Kirk
07-17-2010, 06:04 PM
The photos of the switchbacks are just delicious! Looks like lots of fun. Was it cooler up there?

Steve K
07-17-2010, 06:42 PM
My computer said 62, but it runs high and would guess it was really 55. Denver was 102 today.

07-17-2010, 06:54 PM
Now that's a mountain top finish that should be in the Tour.

07-17-2010, 07:10 PM
I was up there for a bit today and will be back again tomorrow. Nice pics, always like seeing the goats!

07-17-2010, 08:19 PM
we spent the day in Grand Lake, CO. it was beautiful in the Fraser Valley today.

07-17-2010, 08:34 PM
I was going to try that ride a couple summers ago when we were vacationing in CO, but I thought I might die. Independence Pass at 11.5k was plenty high for my lungs.

07-17-2010, 09:31 PM
Now that is a ride ! Great pictures of the mountain goats.


07-17-2010, 09:59 PM
Yes, good choice!! I love Echo Lake! Probably one of my top 10 scenic places in CO.

Is there enough room for cars and cyclists on the Mt. Evans road? Do they charge you to ride on the summit road?

I wound up cleaning the basement and then reading at Starbucks. I thought about riding up Loveland Pass from Keystone, but the garage is 113F and didn't want to spend more than 20 seconds in that oven.

Good for you for getting out.

Peace and see you somewhere (REI) in the City.


Ken Robb
07-17-2010, 11:31 PM
come to San Diego where it was 80F at the beach. :beer:

07-17-2010, 11:42 PM
Good call. I love that ride.

Jack Brunk
07-17-2010, 11:54 PM
90degrees today in northern socal on the road with my new big leg Emma. I was able hang plus rip most of the roadies today which was cool. Tomorrow will be spent on the coast with the ble and good friends but the friendship will be tested by you know who.

07-18-2010, 06:31 AM
you don't see scenery like that in southeastern MA.

07-18-2010, 10:56 AM
Spectacular shots,,, son just came back from CO in June, as you headed for the high hills, he did as well sking, biking etc. although Denver wasnt experiencing a heat wave.

Thats what great about Denver, gets to hot for you, head for the HILLS.

In Va and NC folks can do the same, head for the Blue Ridge Parkway

Love the shoots of the goats...

Thanks for posting

07-18-2010, 11:32 AM
wow great pictures! that must have been some fabulous ride.

bob the nailer
07-18-2010, 02:52 PM
$3 to go past the ranger station up mt evans. We attempted it about 10 days ago, rode up from evergreen, in fog most of the way up to ranger station, made it just above the tree line before getting chased off by hail. Sure would have liked to see a beautiful sunny day like in the pics. Oh, well, next time.

Dan Le foot
07-18-2010, 03:46 PM
Me at the finish of the race up Evans a few years ago. 14,300' or so.
Didn't win the race. But somehow survived.
A climb every serious cyclist should do.

bob the nailer
07-18-2010, 07:17 PM
A climb every serious-ly deranged cyclist should do. If you have altitude issues at all don't try it.

07-18-2010, 10:49 PM
The Mt. Evans climb is amazing: congrats on your ride! I've attempted it twice, one time successfully. The first year, it started snowing a couple miles past timberline, and we had to turn around. This was in mid-July. The crosswind made the descent from that point VERY scary.
The next year, I was successful. Near the top where the goats hang out, I had some weird mind-playing-tricks-on-me moments. At one point, I wasn't sure if I was climbing or descending.
We rode from Idaho Springs.

I'd love to do that ride again!

07-22-2010, 01:51 AM
Here's a Mt Evans video ... from our tandem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzWTiGxHfmY

This was my wife's first ride up Evans, so we started at Echo Lake.

Dan Le foot
07-22-2010, 09:40 AM
Here's a Mt Evans video ... from our tandem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzWTiGxHfmY

This was my wife's first ride up Evans, so we started at Echo Lake.
Thanks for the video. And congrats on surviving this beast.
The mt goats are way cool.
Must have been a challenge on the tandem in the last few miles of the switches at 13500' or so. I got pitches of 10%+.
Two great things about the formal race in July are the road is closed from Echo Lake and the organizers haul your winter clothes up for the freezing decent. I came down in a ski jacket and pants.