Back in the near future!Back for 2015...(tah-dah)...the Golden Anti-Gravity Epic Century!
The Golden Anti-Gravity continues to supplant the Boulder Fearsome Five on our ride calendar for 2015, ensuring that RMCCers get their fair share of suffering in early May! And I must admit that there are some real gems during this ride...roads that unfamiliar to most Front Range cyclists! If names like Lininger Drive, Little Bear Creek Road, Virginia Canyon Road, Dory Hill Road, Mountain Base Road, Douglas Mountain Road, and Robinson Hill Road don't scare you, they will by the end of this ride! This course may actually is equally as difficult as the Boulder Fearsome Five!
Here's a few details about the ride:
- Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015. Rain or shine.
- Time: Check-in at 6:00 am - 6:45 am. Ride start at 7:00 am. Please be ready for pre-ride instructions by 6:45 am.
- Start location: Golden, CO, Coors Tek Parking Lot, 11th and Jackson St.
- Course: For 2015, we will be running 3 different routes. Each course will feature a similar start and 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! Please note that the final course(s) could change based on weather and road conditions. Here's a sneak preview of the three different courses:
- Long course: 119 miles, 16,000 vertical feet!
- Medium course: 95 miles, 12,000 vertical feet
- Short course: 82 miles, 10,000 vertical feet
- Bergen Park: 33 miles
- Idaho Springs: 50 miles
- Central City/Blackhawk: 60 miles
- Dory Hill Campground: 64 miles
- Golden Gate State Park Visitor Center
- The roads used during this event can be ridden on a standard road bike. But I would highly recommend the largest road tires that your bike can accommodate. 28 mm to 35 mm tires would be ideal. You will greatly appreciate the wider tires on the many dirt and gravel roads! Cyclocross bikes may be ideal a times.
- 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! :)|