6 categorized climbs:
Lariat Loop Climb (Lookout Mountain Pillars to I-70 entrance): Category 2: The signature climb out of Golden, CO with spectacular views of Denver skyline to the east.
Floyd Hill, east to west: Category 3: A moderately steep "grunt" of a climb.
Loveland Pass (elev. 11,990 ft): Hors Category, from Georgetown: A spectacular high alpine climb with rugged mountain sides and jaw-dropping panoramic vistas...one of Colorado's finest!
Swan Mountain Climb: Category 4
Fremont Pass (elev. 11,318 ft), Category 1: Another beautiful high altitude climb that rides past the Climax Mine, a major source of molybdenum in the US.
Independence Pass East (elev. 12,095 feet), Hors category, from Twin Lakes: One of Colorado's best known passes, Independence Pass is the spectacular defining climb (and descent) of Denver to Aspen.
Some ultra-distance experience is encouraged (but not required) to participate in this event.
Given the exposure to high altitude, severe weather is a major concern with this event. As such, riders need to be prepared, bringing their best winter- and wet-riding gear with them!
The RMCC does not provide transportation back to Denver from Aspen. Please start working on arrangements ASAP to get you and your bike back to Denver after this event!
We will not be “sweeping the course”. You do need to have a plan to get back to Denver if you are not able to complete the route.
Lights and reflective gear are required due to the 4AM start!