10,5MI, 2,133FT | 17KM, 650M+ · Tuesday 27th June
Don’t worry about not having a time trial bike for Stage 4, you won’t need it. You’re in the mountains, and this 10,5-mile (17km) Individual Time Trial features 2,133 feet (650m) of climbing. After a rolling first 4 miles (6.5km), you’ll take a right turn on Buck Creek Road to begin a roughly 2.2-mile (3.5km) climb. The suffering will be worth it, however, because the ripping descent which follows will test your handling skills with four switchbacks. Catch your breath on the descent before immediately starting up a roughly 2.5-mile (4km) climb to the finish of the Time Trial, at nearly 8,566 feet (2610m) above sea level.
Once you’re done with the big effort, you get to enjoy a great 3.5-mile (5.6km) descent that drops approximately 1,200 feet (365m), the final 1.3-miles (2km) of which is a nearly dead-straight plunge back toward the Eagle River. This section is untimed, so there is no reason to take risks. Check your speed coming into a 90-degree left turn at the bottom of Metcalf Road.
Unlike a flat out-and-back test against the clock, the Avon Time Trial will reward both climbing power and descending skill. If you’re not all that interested in your finishing time, enjoy the views from the summits, the sweeping switchbacks on the descents, and a lower-mileage day on the bike to get ready for the days to come.
Stage description by CTS
Avon is a vibrant and diverse year-round resort community defined by its spectacular mountain surroundings and unpretentious local character. While its ranching and farming history run deep, Avon has evolved into a mountain resort community with rich cultural offerings and a diverse population of residents and guests. It is a one-of-a-kind place to visit, work, grow a business, raise a family and play in a spectacular outdoor setting.
As the gateway to the world-renowned Beaver Creek Resort, Avon is home to both decorated skiers and tri-athletes. Known for its rich road biking routes, riders can enjoy a diversity of challenging rides through exquisite mountain vistas. The town has been host to numerous competitive bike events and is the annual destination for the largest two-day citizen ride in Colorado. The Eagle Valley Trail, which stretches 63 miles from Vail Pass to Glenwood Canyon, passes through Avon, providing a safe, non-motorized route for pedestrians and bicyclists, and connecting the nearby communities of Eagle-Vail and Edwards. The West Avon Preserve offers 13 miles of single track multi-use trails, rounding out the rider activity offerings in Avon.
Harry A. Nottingham Park and the spectacular Avon Pavilion are prominent gathering centers for both every day enjoyment and major outdoor events. Within the park, guests can enjoy Avon’s wonderful beach and nearby disc golf course, rent a SUP or paddle boat to explore Nottingham Lake, and take advantage of picnic tables and barbecue grills throughout the park. Tennis, basketball, volleyball and pickle ball courts are also available within Nottingham Park. For the adventurous, the Whitewater Park on the Eagle River is just a short walk and offers river features for freestyle kayakers of all levels.
Visitors to Avon will find an energetic, friendly community who is fully engaged in the outdoor environment, riding, running, swimming and hiking. Avon’s deep arts and culture roots have attracted a vibrant artisan community and world-class music acts, resulting in a year-long mountain-town vibe of good times where locals and visitors rub shoulder and share in the festivities.