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Bicycle Travel => Routes => Topic started by: VQV on February 22, 2011, 11:57:09 am

 
Title: Leadville to Minturn to Vail pass to Breckenridge???
Post by: VQV 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!
Title: Re: Leadville to Minturn to Vail pass to Breckenridge???
Post by: valygrl 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.
Title: Re: Leadville to Minturn to Vail pass to Breckenridge???
Post by: John Nelson 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).
Title: Re: Leadville to Minturn to Vail pass to Breckenridge???
Post by: VQV 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.
Title: Re: Leadville to Minturn to Vail pass to Breckenridge???
Post by: Wally 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.