111 Miles | 11 352 Ft (178 km | 3460 M+) · Thursday, June 28
The “Queen Stage” for the Mavic Haute Route Rockies features three huge climbs, two that top out above 11,000 feet and one that hits nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. This 111-mile loop from Breckenridge, CO is going to be a great day, and a big challenge! Be sure to pack a jacket and long finger gloves; the long high-altitude descents can get chilly.
The stage starts with a gradual downhill roll out of Breckenridge, followed by the short climb up Swan Mountain to wake up your legs. At Mile 15 you’ll pass Keystone Ski Resort and start the 8.7-mile climb to the 11,991-foot summit Loveland Pass. The grade on the climb is pretty tame at 6%, but the altitude will add to the challenge.
After summiting Loveland Pass, enjoy the 16-mile descent down to Georgetown, CO. Make sure you eat and hydrate during this section, because the 11-mile climb of Guanella Pass starts as soon as you leave town! Guanella is a spectacular, scenic, and recently paved climb that ascends 3050 feet to the summit at 11,671 feet. It’s also a very challenging climb, with steep grades for the first 4 miles, a respite in the middle as you pass two big reservoirs, and then steep grades again in the last 5.5 miles. What goes up must come down, so enjoy your reward of a 13-mile descent that drops more than 3,000 feet!
The roughly 28 miles between Grant and Fairplay will be a good place to ride with a group, as this area can get windy. The climb over Kenosha Pass will seem like a minor bump compared to the stage’s bigger climbs, and it’s followed by rolling hills on the way to Fairplay.
The summit of Hoosier Pass is 12 miles from Fairplay, and the first 8 miles roll up and down as you gradually ascend and pass through the town of Alma. About a mile past Alma you’ll get to the true Hoosier Pass climb, which ascends 1000 feet over 3.7 miles to the 11,500 foot summit. From here, the first three miles of the descent are fast and somewhat technical, and then the final 7 miles of the stage are a rolling descent down to the finish in Breckenridge!
The stage cols will be available soon