The 2018 ALP ToC (Tour of Colorado) is already over and the "Sadness Watts" are already kicking in.
The route we had planned this year started and ended at the ALP Cycles Coaching "home base" in Nederland CO. This year was the toughest Climbing Tour to date with 21,000 feet ascending over 240 miles in 72 hours. Below is a summary of each day.
-Nederland to Grand Lake (79.6mi and 8992ft)
The first day was probably the toughest day not only because of all the challenging climbing, but we started off in "Spring Classics" type conditions in the pouring, cold rain. The climb up Old Fall River Road (gravel) was muddy and made today feel like a 5 hour cyclocross race.
-Grand Lake to Keystone (90.2mi and 4877ft)
Day 2 had the least amount of climbing but was the longest day in distance. Lots of scenic gravel roads as we rode around the Williams Fork Reservoir and then up to Ute Pass.
-Keystone to Nederland (66.8mi and 6985ft)
The last day started off in the rain again. The first climb up to Loveland Pass was wet and cold, but the views did not disappoint. Luckily things looked better on the other side and we stayed dry for the rest of the ride. From Idaho Springs, there was another challenging gravel grind up to Virginia Canyon Road.
For some athletes, the last three days were the toughest riding ever experienced. Everyone finished with tired legs, gained fitness, stronger mentally and with all smiles for miles. Just 364 days until the next ALP Tour of Colorado! Join us next year, and until then, check out some more stories through pictures on Instagram #ALPToC