HIGH ALPINE GRAVEL
AUGUST 10, 2019
WINTER PARK, CO
Gravel riding may be a pancake-flat affair in Texas, or a rolling-hill thing in Kansas or Nebraska. But here in Colorado we do things a little differently…
The ‘short’ route of Crooked Gravel will be a full day of riding, with a big, big mountain climb in the Arapaho National Forest coming almost right off the bat. Race your buddies or just settle in at a comfortable pace. There is no one right way to Roll Massif.
The highest point of the day comes at the top of the first climb, where you will nearly hit 10,000 feet of elevation. Up top, take time to soak in the views and the refreshments – there is no clock running; take your time! And then loosen up for a long, long descent down towards Williams Fork Reservoir, where the winding forest road gives way to a wide-open, smooth-running dirt road that you’ll swear is smoother than pavement.
A short jaunt on pavement through a slot canyon takes us to Hot Sulphur Springs. Take on some sustenance here, because the fearsome Cottonwood Pass lies ahead! Okay, it’s not fearsome. It’s actually really pretty, smothered with an aspen grove over the top. But it is annoyingly steep.
With that work done, you are homeward bound.
We will announce timed segments soon.