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courage classic route?wulf
Jun 24, 2002 8:39 PM
Anyone out here do the Courage Classic (Colorado) last year? I'm just trying to get an idea of what it's going to be like. The 50 miles/day will be challenging alone, but I'm guessing the climbing is going to be pretty strenuous. I have ridden most of the scenic bi-way up near Estes/Nederland (albeit in pieces) - is it comparable to that the whole way through all three days?

I'm trying to decide if I'm kidding myself or not...I know it's not a race, but it would be a definite accomplishment for me.

re: courage classic route?mtber
Jun 25, 2002 6:13 AM
I have ridden all of this year's Courage Classic course at one time or another and did the Courage Classic several years ago. Here is the skinny:
Day one: Rt 24 to Battle Mtn is kind of a gentle climb - no where near as bad as climbing out of Nederland towards Ward! The descent to Minturn will be fast and fun. You will then make your way to and through Vail, CO - kind of rolling here. The climb from Vail to Vail Pass is a long one, but pretty steady and once you hit the top you are essentially done for the day - its all down hill to Copper Mtn.
Day two: This will be the easiest day if you don't take the century option. Mostly rolling, no extended climbing.
Day three: The climb up to Fremont Pass is pretty long and steady, occasionally steep. There is kind of a 'false' summit, too. The real top has a pullout for tourists. You then descend but have kind of a long flattish section to ride before you get to Leadville. I would definitely do the extra riding around Turquoise Lake - it is very scenic and the terrrain is rolling - no extended climbs. Besides its your last day and you can rest tomorrow!
One thing I remember about the Courage Classic - awesome volunteers and lots of food! It seemed like there was a well stocked food stop every 8 miles. The comment about the volunteers sounds dorky but my friend and I would sleep til 10AM every morning, be just about the last people to leave but the volunteers would cheer us on as we road by like we were winning the Tour. I guess they thought that we were just horribly out of shape to be so far in the back and felt sorry for us. Anyway, you will have a great time.
Fremont passColnagoFE
Jun 25, 2002 8:35 AM
Not sure what direction you are going, but I got up to 60MPH down fremont with a slight tailwind. a great screaming descent.
damn weddings.....wulf
Jun 25, 2002 11:29 AM
Crap - just found out from my girlfriend that we have a wedding we have to attend in Alberta that weekend.

But, based on what you have said about the routes, we'll probably make that a Fri/say/sun tour of our own for the hell of it...and all of my friends will appreciate that too, since I won't be hitting them up for cash....


Thanks for the responses, though, everyone.

- Wulf
you'll be fineColnagoFE
Jun 25, 2002 8:33 AM
i doubt if there is any grade much over 6-7%, but have a gear you can spin easily for when you get tired.