Fall is here and that means one thing; the Climbing Challenge is coming. As the race season winds down, many of us are stuck looking for something to do. We have great fitness and no event to use it in. Not any more. October 10-13th will be year 5 of the ALP Cycles Coaching Climbing Challenge. You will have 4 days and 9-11hrs max (depending on age) to climb as much as possible (the contest will be keep track on Strava). We will have prizes and fun activities to do and to participate in.

The 4-day challenge is highlighted by our ALP Climbing Ride on Sunday October 13th. We start in Boulder, climb up 4-mile to Logan Mill, up and down Arkansas Mtn to Sugarloaf, up to the Peak to Peak, and finish with the shelf road to Eldora Ski area- a 26mile ride with almost 5,000ft of climbing and sections up to 17% on dirt roads (make sure to leave 2-2.5hrs in your 4 day total to accommodate the ride). It will test everyone's fitness, bike handling, and comfort zone. i.e.- a chance to make yourself a better and more complete bike rider. The Arkansas Mountain Climbing Day will be mandatory for any local riders doing the Challenge. This ride is open to ALP, non-ALP, and wanna be ALP athletes/riders/racers (so invite your friends, family, and teammates).  We provide coaches, a van stop with snacks, and NBS drink mix and water. 

Here is a link to the route on Strava-https://www.strava.com/segments/10356632?filter=overall&gender=F

The road up Arkansas Mountain

The road up Arkansas Mountain

The finish line

The finish line

The details- If are you under the age of 35, you have 10 hrs in 4 days to climb as much as you can. If you are 36-49, you have 10.5hrs in 4 days to climb as much as you can. If you are 50+, you have 11hrs in 4 days to climb as much as you can. You must have a Garmin or an on-bike computer that has GPS and can be uploaded to Strava. You must create a basic Strava account (it's free). All rides must start and end in the same place- with the exception of the Arkansas Mountain ALP ride. No e-bikes. You do not have to live in Colorado. That's the cool thing, no matter where you live you can participate (as long as there is something you can climb on your bike). You do not have to do the challenge in order to come on the Sunday ALP ride. This challenge and the ALP ride are open to everyone. So invite your friends, family, teammates, etc. The more the merrier! This is our way of motivating people to train for a fun/hard event and giving non-ALP athletes a chance to ride with us and see how cool our little ALP community is.

Prizes- Like last year, our prizes are "ALP Bucks" (ALPb's) for the 4-day challenge. The winner gets 400 ALPb's to be used on anything ALP. Coaching, skills clinics, race team fees, clothing, ALP Tour of Colorado, etc. Second place gets 250 ALPb's and 100 ALPb's to 3rd place. 

If you are interested in joining us and/or would like more info- please email alison at Alpcyclescoaching dot com

Bonus climbing feet- Use the hashtag #alpclimbingchallenge, to gain extra vertical to your total. For every separate Instagram or Facebook post that uses #alpclimbingchallenge, we’ll add 50 feet to your total.

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