By Robert Burnett
This ain't Colorado anymore
Here in Colorado we pride ourselves on our ability to ride at altitude. Denver is the “Mile High City,” and Colorado is home to two of the highest roads in the US, climbing up Pikes Peak and Mt. Evans. We test our strength on these roads, racing up them as fast as we can. And when we travel to lower altitudes, we can’t help but badger our out-of-state friends a bit about how easy it is to breathe.
Four Colorado racers will put their high-altitude experience to the test this coming March 1 -15 at a unique race in Nepal – a country with the highest peaks in the world. Robert Burnett, Sonya Looney, Thor Loechell and Tyler McMahon will tackle the Yak Attack, a 10-day mountain bike stage race through the Himalayas in Nepal. The race covers 400 kilometers (~250 miles) with 40,000 feet of climbing. The race’s Queen Stage, over Thorong-La Pass, tops out at just over 17,750 feet. That’s more than 3,000 feet higher than the summit of either Mt. Evans or Pikes Peak. At that elevation, there is only half of the amount of oxygen available than at sea level.