69 Miles | 6795 Ft (111km | 2071M+) · Saturday, June 23
From the start on the famous Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, riders will head north out of town on the to Lefthand Canyon. This 14-mile ascent to the town of Ward gains more than 3000 feet and takes you up to the day’s high point at 9300 feet above sea level. It’s one of the most popular climbs for locals and pros, especially in the summer, because it offers shady trees and cooling stream along the side of the road. From Ward you’ll gradually descend over a few rolling hills on the iconic Peak-to-Peak Highway, before descending the rest of the way down to Lyons via St. Vrain Drive.
The final 23 miles of Stage 1 are reasonably flat and can be windy, and there’s likely to be a timed segment in this area, so it will be advantageous to leave the town of Lyons in a group to share the work. Save a little fuel in the tank, however, for a gradual rise that tops out only a few miles from the finish in downtown Boulder.
The stage cols will be available soon