I often think about how lucky I am to live where I live. “As a guy who loves riding both road and mountain bikes, and loves riding them in the mountains, I could not have picked a better place to live,” I tell myself.
For example, a couple weekends ago, I rode what I call “The Gauntlet Deluxe,” a 97-mile ride with 11,497 feet of climbing. Here’s the elevation profile for that ride:
And a few weeks earlier than that, I rode over Suncrest and then up a couple of canyons to a couple of ski resorts and back. That was a 95-mile ride with 11,318 feet of climbing. The elevation profile looks like this:
These are totally different rides, but they have a few things in common:
- They’re right around 100 miles
- They start and end at home
- They’re really, really hard
As I do rides like this, I often think to myself, “Wow, this is really stupid of me, and I am way over my head.”
But when I’m not thinking that, I think to myself that I live in a pretty amazing place for this kind of cycling.
But is it the most amazing place for this kind of riding? Maybe. Maybe not. I really don’t know.
Show Me Whatcha Got
But I’d be interested in finding out what kind of mountainous riding other people have available to them, right out their front door.
So why don’t you show me (or tell me, because I am a very trusting person) what your awesomest out-the-door climbing ride is? And I‘ll give a new FatCyclist jersey to the person with the climbiest ride of all.
Just a few rules.
- The ride must start and end at your home. It can be a loop or an out-and-back.
- The ride must be no more than 100 miles long.
- The ride cannot climb any road or trail more than once.
If you’re the winner, you’ve got to be prepared to prove the ride exists and satisfies the rules. That’s fair, right?
And bonus points if you’ve actually done the ride, have pictures and a story.
This contest ends end of day Tuesday.
PS: “Flatlander Boobie Prize” prize will be given to first person who can demonstrate that there’s no possible way for them to climb more than 100 feet if they satisfy all the satisfy the rules above. What is the “Flatlander Boobie Prize?” I don’t know yet, but I bet it’s cool enough to warrant submitting the entry.