If you’ve ridden in Colorado at all, you know there is no such thing as flat, which probably means that it’s covered in mountains, and mountains mean there are big climbs. Obviously there are hundreds of big climbs in Colorado, but here are 5 that are either really hard, super scenic, or just plain cool, or all three.
So in no particular order:
- Mt. Evans: The highest paved road in Colorado, the road up to Mt. Evans takes you up to over 14,000ft. If you can handle the altitude, it’s a great climb to test your limits. Once you reach the peak, you turn around and go flying down what you just came up.
- Pikes Peak: Another paved road that goes up to over 14,000, and once again, at the top, you simply turn around and fly down. If you’re feeling up to it, you can do the Pikes Peak-Mt. Evans double, riding both peaks in one ride, clocking over 200mi in distance by the end of the day.
- Independence Pass: The highest paved pass in the United States, Independence pass has some stunning scenary, and best of all, in the winter it is closed to vehicles, but is still plowed, and bikes are allowed up.
4. Cottonwood Pass: Less well-known than Indepence Pass, Cottonwood Pass is another beast to conquer. At the top you’ll be above treeline and get some great views. The road was only recently opened (2019-2020 timeframe) so the tarmac is in good condition
- Cumberland Pass: You’ll actually need a gravel bike for this one, but it is still a sweet ride. The road is actually Tincup Rd, and at the top you’ll be on a wide saddle with some sweet views to the north.
There you have it, 5 epic climbs to grind and haul your way up on your road bike.