The longest climb

08.13.2009 | 6:33 pm

Anyone who has been to the Delaware will attest that the hardest clim in Leadville is from the second to the third floor of the Delaware Hotel.


  1. Comment by dicky | 08.13.2009 | 6:43 pm

    Firstly…. podium.

    Secondly I went up and down three flights of stairs at the MOOTS factory in Steamboat four hundred times.

    I felt fat.

  2. Comment by Marla | 08.13.2009 | 6:44 pm

    Stairs=no fun!

  3. Comment by matt | 08.13.2009 | 6:54 pm

    just stares at you

  4. Comment by not a cyclist......ok, maybe just a little | 08.13.2009 | 7:01 pm

    Not only is that staircase long, it’s just plain creepy looking. That photo could be the opening shot to just about any tv show about the paranormal. EEK!

  5. Comment by Danny | 08.13.2009 | 7:07 pm

    What! No elevator. What about us AARP members???

  6. Comment by Lacey303 | 08.13.2009 | 7:07 pm

    Better keep you eye on Rick M, I have seen what he can do to his face going downhill.

  7. Comment by Kay | 08.13.2009 | 7:09 pm

    For the ’skinny’ Fat Cyclist – no problem!

  8. Comment by NW | 08.13.2009 | 7:16 pm

    I remember you mentioning this last year. It must be pretty bad.

  9. Comment by Big Boned | 08.13.2009 | 7:42 pm

    That carpet is seared into my memory. Enjoy the ride!

  10. Comment by Mikeonhisbike | 08.13.2009 | 7:46 pm

    I saw you on the Alpine Loop yesterday and you were flying up the side of the mountain and having a conversation with others at the same time. You should have no problems with those stairs. Good luck in the race.

  11. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 08.13.2009 | 9:34 pm

    And the adventure begins ………….

  12. Comment by Jamieson | 08.13.2009 | 9:54 pm

    This can only end well!

  13. Comment by Joby Oreta | 08.14.2009 | 12:26 am

    And you without a granny gear!!

  14. Comment by Nix | 08.14.2009 | 1:46 am

    It looks like a picture of these stairs are an annual event too. But, they really look impressive, especially at that altitude.

    And that carpet, looks like original from the Old Western movies.

    Enjoy it, it looks like this year will be one to remember for a long time.

  15. Comment by Haven (used to be Kt) | 08.14.2009 | 12:16 pm

    C’mon, with quads like yours, those stairs should be a piece of cake.

    Mmm… cake…

  16. Comment by HannahSusan | 08.14.2009 | 4:56 pm

    Its a shame you didn’t have a slinky handy…

  17. Comment by bubbaseadog | 08.14.2009 | 6:28 pm

    i seem to remember the stairs from last year so how many times are you going to ascend these stairs and is the descent any better do you throttle your back brake or just tap it lovingly.

  18. Comment by Really Fat Cyclist | 08.14.2009 | 6:59 pm

    An increbibly knarly, but ridable (?) Downhill Course!
    See, the finish time on it is huge because after a fall the rules are that we have to start from the top….! No worries, just lean back, alot

  19. Comment by Rocky | 08.14.2009 | 8:43 pm

    I have actually bonked on those stairs.


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