Super PUMPED on this project. It included some of my favorite elements; a crazy idea, pushing a few limits, breathtaking scenery, and good humans.
The crew embarked on a 40+ mile ride with over 7k vertical, most of which was above 11,000 ft (gasp for oxygen much?) from Aspen to Crested Butte, CO. I documented the first half of the journey with the help of an ATV and jumped on my bike to ride the last half, including the final push to Star Pass, and the next 20 miles into town. We rode straight to Elk Ave avenue and walked straight into the restaurant for dinner. Chamois, helmets, and all.
There was a crew of 4 riders from CompetitiveCyclist.com, and one of them was Pip Hunt. Being in my nature to call attention to the rad women in the universe, I wanted to share a mini gallery focused on Pip's journey. It begins the night before, getting the bike set up from the confines of our small hostel room. Then comes the incredibly steep grade climb to the top of Aspen. It is followed by a long "rolling" section of ~12 miles across Richmond Ridge, and when I say "roll" this still included plenty of wicked steep hike-a-bike sections. It was a slow grunt to the top of Star Pass where the looks of fatigue from 12k lack of oxygen immediately switched to pure joy; both at the prospect of reaching the high point, and at the idea of the incredible descent we were about to be treated to. After an array of high meadows full of wildflowers we dropped through pine forest and aspen forest (and yes, the trail was SUPER FUN!), and crossed a few creeks before the final pedal into town. Enjoy!