The primary goal of the RMCC Challenge Series is to offer rides and events to RMCC members that are EPIC in nature. These are rides that most sane riders would never attempt on their own, rides that are incredibly challenging, and rides that instill a sense of accomplishment! These rides are also excellent preparation for the much more difficult Triple Crown events later in the summer!
|Lookout Mountain Road is best known climb out of the Golden area.|
But trust me…there are many other hidden gems begging to be ridden!
Here's a few details about the ride:
- Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014. Rain or shine.
- Time: Check-in at 6:00 am - 6:45 am. Ride start at 7:00 am.
- Start location: Golden, CO, Coors Tek Parking Lot, 11th and Jackson St.
- Course: Here's a sneak preview of the course we will use for 2014: Golden AntiGravity. 115 miles, 15,000+ feet of climbing! The course will include a variety of paved and dirt/gravel roads...some of the most scenic and hilly roads that we can find in the Golden area! There are some real gems that will likely be included in this route! Final course TBD, based on weather and road conditions!
- Time limit: Riders will have 12 hours (avg. speed 9.58 mph) to complete this challenging course.
- Membership: RMCC membership is required to participate in this event. If you're not a club member and would like to participate, please sign up: RMCC membership. RMCC membership is extremely affordable ($25/year) and gives all riders the ability to participate in other special club events during the 2014 calendar year.
- Registration: Riders will be required to preregister for this event (i.e., There will not be registration available on May 4). Registration will open this week on the RMCC website and close on Friday, May 2 at 10:00 pm.
- Registration fee: None! Our main goal of this event is to encourage participation for RMCC members!
- Results: Please keep in mind that this event is NOT a race! The primary goal is to finish this ride safely within the 12 hour time limit. Results will be posted based on whether or not you successfully complete the course, not finishing times. And we will only list the names of those riders who successfully complete the entire course, not those names who DNF. So for those of you who are concerned about not finishing this extremely challenging ride, you will have nothing to lose! Here's your chance to throw your name in the ring without worrying about embarrassing you or your loved ones...
- Support: Like other RMCC Challenge Series events, the RMCC will provide limited support, including water and a few snacks, to help riders complete this route. Otherwise, riders must complete the course in a self-sufficient manner. Private SAG support will not be allowed and riders receiving outside support will be disqualified.
- Drop bags: Riders may keep a small drop bag (including food, clothing, and other supplies that the riders might need to successfully complete the course) in the support vehicle. Participants may access their drop bags at checkpoints along the course.
- Special notes: 1) This course can be ridden on a standard road bike. But I would highly recommend 28 mm (or greater) tires. You will greatly appreciate the wider tires on the many dirt and gravel roads! Cyclocross bikes may be ideal a times. 2) A couple of the climbs included in this ride are incredibly steep...greater than 20% grade! Please be prepared for the fact that you may need to hike your bike through the steepest sections...and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Consider using your mountain bike shoes (and pedals) if you don't want to hike in your road shoes.
Here's a preview of some of the roads and scenery that participants will encounter during the epic Golden AntiGravity:
|Running through the heart of Golden Gate State Park, Mountain Base Rd is one of Jefferson County's steepest climbs, reaching grades as steep as 19%!|
|Crawford Gulch Road offers a unique blend of pavement and gravel. But be prepared…this road is steep!!|
|Scenic views from Lininger Drive, a hidden gem only accessible from Grapevine Road, nestled between Idledale and Genesee|
|Oh My God! You can't be serious?!? (Yes...we are! :)|