94.2 Miles | 6987 Ft (151.6km | 2057M+ ) · Monday, June 25
Stage 3 starts out with a nice, gentle rollout before its first big challenge about 16 miles in. About 13 miles into the stage, keep your eyes out for a sign on the left side of the road for Snow Mountain Ranch. Immediately after that sign you will begin a fast descent, and at about Mile 16 you’ll take a left turn onto a hardpack dirt road over Cottonwood Pass to Hot Sulphur Springs. From the turn to the summit of Cottonwood Pass is 5.3 miles and offers a great opportunity to split the peloton into groups.
If the wind is coming from the east, the next segment of the course will be fast and fun. Westerly winds will mean the exact opposite, because the road from Hot Sulphur Springs to Kremmling is wide and wide open as you roll through flowing grasslands. What follows is a series of three 2- to 3-mile climbs as you make your way to State Bridge. Use the descent from Mile 62 to Mile 65 miles to fuel and hydrate. Your next challenge awaits on the other side of the Colorado River.
State Bridge is a beautiful crossing of the Colorado River, and it also marks the start of a 5-mile climb on the way to Wolcott. When this climb was used in the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, when Lawson Craddock claimed the Strava KOM with a time of 19:52.
After descending into Wolcott, you’ll face a pretty but challenging false flat as you gradually climb to the finish in Avon.
The stage cols will be available soon