I just came back from the 2009 Bicycle Tour of Colorado. This was a 515 mile long (excluding an optional segment to the Colorado National Monument) loop ride from Glenwood Springs, Colorado with over 1700 other riders from all around US and a few other countries. We started the ride on June 21 from Glenwood Springs, and went through Hotchkiss, Grand Junction, Montrose, Crested Butte and Buena Vista/Leadville. Overall, I climbed over 27000 ft, and three passes – McClure Pass, Cottonwood Pass, and Independence Pass. Another massive climb was to the Grand Mesa near Grand Junction, which is the largest mesa in the world. Here are the logs and pictures.
- Day 1: Glenwood Springs to Hotchkiss, 84 miles, 3700 ft climb
- Day 2: Hotchkiss to Grand Junction, 94 miles, 6600 ft climb
- Day 3: Grand Junction to Montrose, 69 miles, 2500 ft climb
- Day 4: Montrose to Crested Butte, 96 miles, 6200 ft climb
- Day 5 – rest day in Crested Butte
- Day 6: Crested Butte to Buena Vista, 77 miles, 5000 ft climb
- Day 7: Leadville to Glenwood Springs, 97 miles, 3700 ft climb
I took most of the pictures while riding, which explains why most shots show backs of riders ahead of me.