08 August 2007

Cycling Mt. Evans, photos to psych your soul and temper your ego

Hi Fred,

Great to hear from you, the 25th sounds fine, pray for good weather! May I suggest that we ride it from Bergen Park, up over Squaw Pass, then a partial descent to Echo Lake (the halfway point on Mt. Evans). This route is a bit longer (four miles) and a bit harder, but has some varied terrain to break up the tempo a touch. The Squaw Pass road (CO Hwy. 103) dumps you out at the toll booth for the Mt. Evans Highway (CO Hwy 5), This is a local's approach to Evans and avoids a lot of traffic. Check out Mt. Evans at http://www.googleearth.com/ and type "Bergen Park, CO" in the search box. If you don't have Google Earth it's well worth the down load, if you already have it make sure you have the latest version, it's way better. The images of Evans on Google Earth are with snow on the summit but you can still see the whole road. Another cool resource is http://www.bicyclerace.com/ where you'll find the official site for the Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb. It's really cool with course info, photos, and history of the race.


Fred Hutt said...

Oooohhhh Mike...
I knew you were going ot suggest this. I remember the last time we did this route. You cut me man, you cut me bad!

This is going to hurt even more this year considering my serious lack of mileage this year but I'm game.

I guess I better go ride now.


Michael said...

No worries, no hurries. I'm not planning to work until I'm on the Evans Highway, and only then because she's worthy of my best efforts. There may be some fast conpany with us but I'm not paying attention to them. Weather will probably be our biggest concern as Lightning has been heavy lately along the Front Range. Don't forget to read up on Mt. Evans in "Road Biking Colorado-The Statewide Guide, p.65, the Squaw Pass ride follows on p.70.

Happy riding,


cycledork said...

I'm thrilled to have found this blog even if you haven't posted for a while. Are you still out there? Fans of your book do want to know what's on your mind.

Dave said...

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the US Forest Service to force them to comply with laws concerning the collection of fees.

In spite of INCREASED congressional funding and laws prohibiting them from doing so, the US Forest Service continues to charge fees for bicyclists traveling State Hwy 5, the Mt Evans road. For more information, including a copy of the law and a copy of the complaint, visit www.westernslopenofee.org.

Enacted in 2004, the law prohibits the Forest Service from charging entrance fees (fees for entry), prohibits the charging of fees for general access, prohibits charging fees to travel through Forest Service managed lands, and prohibits fees for visiting overlooks, such as the summit.

Fact: Not one penny of the fees go to improving the road.

The only way these fees will stop is if you get involved. Please do.


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Sarah said...

Hi - Do you know if you are allowed to ride up even after they "close" the road for the season?

p.s. love your book - best cycling road guide ever! I just lent it to a friend and recommended Mt. Evans, but I am worried that the summit is now closed to cyclists.

Michael Seeberg said...

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for the kind words. Yes, the best time to ride Mt. Evans is after it closes, I haven't tried refusing to pay, guess it's not worth ruining a day on Evans. Tell me how your ride goes, just to clarify, it's perfectly legal to ride past the gate after hours daily and when it's closed for the season.

Thanks again Sarah