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Offline VQV

Leadville to Minturn to Vail pass to Breckenridge???
« on: February 22, 2011, 11:57:09 am »
Can anyone give me information about this route???

Leadville to Minturn to Vail pass to Breckenridge???

It is a long day, is it faisible??  Level of difficulty??

Merci beaucoup!

Offline valygrl

Re: Leadville to Minturn to Vail pass to Breckenridge???
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2011, 03:45:16 pm »
That's a long day if you're carrying gear.  I think you are talking about a supported trip, with people not carrying their own gear?  If that's the case, I would say it's feasible.  Between Leadville and Minturn, Tennessee Pass is easy, but there is a 3-5(?) mile hard climb called Battle Mountain near Minturn.  Then Vail Pass from that side is one of the harder passes in CO - there are some steeper sections, and it's very long.  After you get to Copper, there is a bike path from there to Frisco, then gentle climbing to Breckenridge.

Cutting out Minturn and going straight to Copper over Fremont Pass is a good option if you want to shorten it - that would be an easy day.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Leadville to Minturn to Vail pass to Breckenridge???
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2011, 05:28:04 pm »
This route is two-thirds of a very popular bicycle route called the Copper Triangle. The climb up Tennessee Pass is quite easy. The descent from Tennessee Pass to Minturn is really sweet--gentle slope with sweeping turns. The route up Vail pass is almost all on traffic-free roads and paths, and will be harder than Tennessee Pass. The route down Vail pass is all on bike path (although watch out for some sharp turns).

Offline VQV

Re: Leadville to Minturn to Vail pass to Breckenridge???
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2011, 08:34:53 am »
Thanks!  I checked out the Copper Triangle race...wow! 

On that day, we will offer both the short direct option and the long option by Vail pass.

Offline Wally

Re: Leadville to Minturn to Vail pass to Breckenridge???
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2011, 11:36:41 pm »
Hi!  It sounds as if you are organizing a group ride.  Please tell us more if you can.