87.5 Miles | 12060 Ft (140,8km | 3675M+) · Sunday, June 24
With Stage 1 as an appetizer, Stage 2 of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies features double the climbing over the course of nearly 90 miles. If you’re feeling the least bit stiff in the morning, get in a quick spin before the start because the climb up Boulder Canyon begins only minutes into the stage. After a few miles on Boulder Canyon Road you’ll turn onto Sugarloaf Drive, a hardpack dirt road climb that intersects with the Peak-to-Peak Highway 16 miles into the day.
The next 30 miles from Nederland all the way through the outskirts of Central City includes some rolling hills and few sharp inclines, but you’ll generally be riding at elevations between 8,000-9,00 feet. The big thing to remember here is that charging up short climbs at this elevation can sap energy you’ll need later in the day. After Central City, enjoy the descent down to Idaho Springs.
The ride from Idaho Springs to Empire is a gradual 1200-foot climb over about 11 miles as you parallel Interstate 70. The town of Empire, 65 miles into the stage, marks the beginning of Berthoud Pass, the last and biggest challenge of the day. This 13-mile climb ascends 2680 feet and tops out at 11,297 feet above sea level. You will definitely feel the effects of altitude on this climb, but you’ll also love the wide road and sweeping switchbacks!
The descent off the north side of Berthoud Pass is fast and fun, but beware of the long straightaways between Mile 82 and Mile 85. There are two long straightaways here where you can gain a lot of speed, but both end in tight switchbacks. Have fun, but control your speed! The last few miles are gentle downhill roll to the finish at the Winter Park Resort.
The stage cols will be available soon