MT EVANS FROM BOULDER & BACK...
THE HARD WAY!
by Kyle Richardson
Via SuperFlag-68J-CR97-S.Beaver-OMG-Echo-Evans and back home: Squaw Pass (this needs a new name ASAP)-LookoutMtn-93.
Check out Kyle's route on Strava here.
And before you look at Kyle's route in despair and/or mesmerization, you should know that Kyle is a Black Diamond sponsored mountain athlete, and he holds the current Fastest Known Times (FKT) on the LA Freeway route (linking the highest point in Rocky Mountain National Park (Longs Peak) to the highest point in the Indian Peaks (The Arapahos) in 16hrs 28ms), the First Flatiron (30 minutes round trip) , the Third Flatiron (30 minutes round trip), and many more local mountainous routes.
Such a good day! I initially thought I would head up Mags and sneak the BoCan construction, but ended waiting at the light for 5mins and lost patience. SuperFlag it was. Not the best way to start the day, but actually wasn't that bad. Just tried to go as easy as possible seeing as it was going to be a big day vert wise. Very thankful for the 32mm tubeless tires on 68J. They held up great all day. Rain the previous night had made things quite tacky and fun! Nice to hit some dirt while making my way towards the P2P. First time on CR97 and South Beaver.
Frothy Cup in ID Springs was clutch! Late breakfast and a spro' hit the spot. I guess places are slowly opening back up. Bit of a headwind and grind to Echo Lake. Felt like I shoulda been there...but that section of road went on for a minute.
Felt MUCH better on the 14 mile stretch to the summit vs 2 years ago. I bonked outta my mind 2 years ago, and today it felt much more manageable.
I mean it was still hard...but I wasn't just granny gearing it the whole way. Road was dry minus 4-5 little snow patches after summit lake. Couldn't really ride around them, but they were short.
Lots of clouds around had me ready to send it back down the hill if I heard thunder or lightning, but luckily there was a nice patch of blue sky over the summit!
Descent back down to Echo is always rough. The road is pretty shit. Just jarring. You wanna just coast down, but you sorta gotta stay with it and not hit any of the potholes or breaks in the road too hard.
Great lunch in Bergen Park from Natty G's (apple, sandwich, bubbly, coffee) and then sent it over to Lookout Mtn. Quick Chat on the phone with Abby at a park in Golden before gritting my teeth and taking 93 back home. Rain, thunder, lighting, CARS. UGH. I felt strong and agile...but that is always SO sketch. Never that fun. Just in get it done mode. Of course, all was sunny and fine once I popped into the bubble.
This has got to be one of the best rides one can do from their front door in the Front Range. So much fantastic riding. SUMMER!
Get out there and explore!