Start: Copper Mountain, CO
Finish: Copper Mountain, CO
Weather: Sunny, 80 degrees
Bike Time: 9 hours
Distance to date: 231
I was solo today. For various reasons everyone opted for the 35 mile ‘Family Ride’ but I shot for the century, which turned out to be only 85 miles. A full day of biking from Copper though Frisco, Silverthorne, out to Ute Pass, Dillon, Keystone, Breckinridge, and back through Frisco to Copper. I felt great, the bike felt great.
Riding in and around these towns makes one realize how ‘new’ everything is in Colorado. These towns were crossroads
that had trading posts or rail junctions or ranches until well into the 1960’s and 70’s. The conjunction of the interstate highway, skiing as pleasure sport and American affluence these places bigger boom towns in the 1990’s and 2000’s than they ever were during the rounds of gold, iron, and copper fever that created their economic base in earlier times.