Here's the GPS data of my ride.
Preparation started Thursday evening as I was leaving for the mountains straight from work. As I was cleaning and lubing my chain and making sure my bike was shifting smoothly, something bad happened. The shifter cable broke at the head of the cable, leaving the small metal cable head inside the shifter. Oy vey! Not a good thing when I'll be needing as many gears as possible to climb all those passes! So now I had to figure out where to take it to fix it (although at the time I didn't know what the exact issue was). Not likely to find a bike shop at 9pm on a Thursday so I'd have to take it some place over lunch at work, and hope to get it by 3:30 when I was going to head out of town. I didn't have time to drive across town to take it to my normal bike shop. But there is a reputable shop not too far from my work and on my way out of town so I tried them first. They were able to tell me what was wrong, but said it could take several hours to get the cable head out and they were booked solid through next week. Being in a bind, I asked for a suggestion and they pointed me towards Old Town. I'm familiar with that shop and it was just a couple miles away. So off I went, hoping for a walk-in miracle. And that is what I got! I was driving out of the parking lot 30 minutes after I drove in. I was a very happy camper! Plus with a new cable means essentially a quick tune up for smooth shifting!
|My starting point at Copper Mountain for the Copper Triangle|
|Cindy was volunteering at the event - she is a great announcer!|
At the top we could just rest as long as we wanted. I ate half a banana and a mini-muffin, started on a mojo bar and grabbed some pb crackers for later, and filled my water bottle. Also took the opportunity to use the porto-o-potty. It was downhill from here and going to be chilly. I'm glad I opted to leave on all my layers at the top.
|food at Fremont Pass. Thanks to the Search & Rescue team!|
|one of the views from the top of the Fremont Pass|
Next up, Tennessee Pass. This one snuck up on me. I think I knew it was a shorter climb, but about an hour after leaving Fremont, there I was at Tennessee Pass. Which was a good thing since I was thinking it wouldn't hurt to pee soon. I turned off to the aid station (climbed a small hill to get there!) and hung out for about 15 minutes. Enough time to get more water, grab a bite of something (think I ate a few of the pb crackers) and use the bathroom. I met a couple from DC waiting in line. People were here from all 50 states!
|the bike wanted to rest amongst the trees|
|view from the aid station at Tennessee Pass|
|Had to get a photo of the bike by the sign! 10,424 feet!|
|Rest stop #3 - getting ready to climb Vail Pass|
|Top of Vail Pass, about 10,600+ feet|
|found a nice rack for my bike|
|other bikes needed a nap|
|Gov Ritter is on the left behind the table.|
Time to head back down the path to Frisco.
|same path, but took photo in the morning heading south towards Copper|