Stage 5

Avon - Breckenridge

92.7 Miles | 8746 Ft (149 km | 2665 M+)

Wednesday, June 27

Stage 5 features three prominent climbs: Battle Mountain, Tennessee Pass, and Fremont Pass. Although Battle Mountain and Tennessee Pass are two separate climbs, it might be better to consider the first 27 miles of Stage 5 as one big climb with a short reprieve after about 13 miles. Keep an eye out for the iconic Red Cliff Bridge over the Eagle River.

After reaching the top of Tennessee Pass (10,400 feet) you can try to recover over the next 9 miles or so before starting a scenic and challenging loop around Turquoise Lake, which will bring you back to Leadville, Colorado. At 10,200 feet above sea level, Leadville is the highest city in the United States, even more so since recreational marijuana use was legalized in Colorado! Leadville is a historic boom-and-bust mining town, and after the last mining bust local Ken Chlouber started the Leadville Race Series. The iconic 100-mile Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race and Leadville 100 Run finish on 6th Street, the same road you’ll be using to ride into town.

After riding through the heart of Leadville you’ll tackle the climb to the Climax Mine and the high point of the stage: Fremont Pass at 11,340 feet above sea level. From there the first few miles of the descent to Frisco are gentle, and include a ride across the dam at the Clinton Gulch Dam Reservoir, before a more significant drop to Copper Mountain, where you’ll hook up with a scenic bike path along Ten Mile Creek that takes you to Fricsco. From Frisco it’s a very gradual climb up to the stage finish in Breckenridge.

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