2016 was the 50th anniversary of the Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb in Colorado. You gain 6,630 vertical feet in 28 miles, starting at 7,500′ and finishing at 14,130′. It’s the highest paved road in the northern hemisphere. Half of the ride occurs above treeline.
It’s you being challenged by the mountain. Cycling Evans gives you an amazing sense of your surroundings. There were nearly 1000 participants this year. Over 400 racers, and almost 500 Gran Fondo riders, who are not officially racing, but are still taking on the challenge. I think for everyone it is a kind of competition within yourself. Can you make it to the top. We all share the experience of suffering over the same course on one glorious mountain.
It’s incredible what you see up there. Surprising how life springs forward under trying circumstances. The ancient bristecone pines are some of the oldest beings on earth. It seems paradoxical under such dramatic conditions those trees endure for so long. But they do. Getting up there by bike and sharing the experience on the mountain is a cool accomplishment.