66,5MI, 6,234FT | 107KM, 1,900M+ · Saturday 24th June
The Rocky Mountains don’t have foothills. You go from flat ground to big climbs all at once, and that is true for Stage 1 of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies. Within 2 miles of the start you will be on the climb of Sunshine Canyon. This 16.4-mile (26.4 km) ascent gains 4521 feet (1378m) before you reach Gold Hill. There’s a short reprieve, but don’t get complacent. You have another 1100 feet (335m) to climb over about 7 miles (11km) to reach the Peak-to-Peak Highway.
Once on Peak-to-Peak Highway, you’ll roll along at 9100-9300 feet (2700-2800m) in elevation until you reach the 20-mile point into the stage. The good news is the stage is predominantly downhill from here. From mile 20 to 50 you will descend from 9300 feet to 5100 feet, with only a few short climbs to break up your rhythm. Save some energy, though, because the final 20 miles (approx. 32km) are very slightly uphill and feature rolling hills.
Stage description by CTS
Congratulations to all Haute riders and your family and friends whose support has helped you to arrive fit, fired up and ready to rock. You got this!
Boulder has a storied bicycling past and we are very proud to be the host city of Stage One. Whether this is your first visit to Boulder or the most recent, you’ll find that it’s a city designed for bicyclists. In this college town of 103,000 there are 300+ miles dedicated to bikeways (bike lanes, routes, designated shoulders, and paths) and 90% of Boulder’s arterial streets have bike lanes or trails on them. And then, there are the mountains and the endless road climbs. You’re about to experience all of this for yourself. Enjoy!
Top Things to Do Off The Bike
Pearl Street - The brick-paved Pearl Street is Boulder’s heart and soul — a central gathering place where locals and visitors alike come to stroll and shop among the historic storefronts, dine at buzzed-about restaurants, sip coffee, throw back a microbrew or watch the street performers. If you do only one thing in Boulder, walking this pedestrian mall should probably be it.
The Flatirons - Boulder’s beloved Flatirons — those slanting, massive slabs of sandstone that form Boulder’s backdrop from just about any angle — tend to have a slightly mystical effect on visitors. Gaze up at them from the hiking area’s beautiful meadow, where dozens of trails lead off into the foothills, then hike right up into the Flatirons if you are seeking a bit more exercise and adventure.
Boulder Creek Path - Miles of paved path meander right through the heart of Boulder and are easily accessible to all. Join locals who bike, jog, skate and walk Boulder Creek Path alongside the babbling creek beneath shady old-growth trees for some fresh air and beautiful Boulder views.
Boulder Farmers’ Market - On Saturday’s until 2pm, the Boulder Farmers’ Market is the perfect way to experience Boulder like a local. Come sample, shop, meet local farmers, smell the flowers, hear live music, sit by the creek and eat great food in a festival atmosphere. Rated the No. 1 farmers’ market in the country by readers of USA Today.