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Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop
July 8, 2017
Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Sign-in/Start Time: 2:15 am/3:00 am
Start/End Location: Golden, Coors Tek Parking Lot
Distance/climbing: 200 miles/15,500 feet
Brief description: The Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop starts in Golden and passes through Boulder, Lyons, Estes Park, Granby, Winter Park, and Idaho Springs. Climbing over 15,500 vertical feet in 200 miles, the Grand Loop isn’t called “grand” for nothing! The Grand Loop is indeed one of Colorado’s most EPIC cycling loops. This route, which traverses Rocky Mountain National Park’s famed Trail Ridge Road (from Estes Park, CO in the east to Grand Lake, CO in the west), covers 48 miles of the most majestic scenery in the entire state of Colorado. Bring your altitude lungs as well as your climbing legs! Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous highway in the United States, with more than eight miles lying above 11,000 feet and a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet. Not to be outdone, the route also climbs Berthoud Pass (11,307 feet), one of Colorado’s most spectacular mountain passes, during the return from Winter Park. Each year, only a few handfuls of riders can claim they have successfully finished the Grand Loop. Well…here’s your chance to add your name to the list! But you better bring your “A” game. This ride is not for the faint-of-heart!
Course map/Cue sheet: The Grand Loop
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