Cycling Colorado's Mountain Passes

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The first guidebook to tell bicyclists everything they need to know to ride Colorado's 38 highest, paved mountain roads.
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The first guidebook to tell bicyclists everything they need to know to ride Colorado's 38 highest, paved mountain roads.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555912949
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/3/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

An avid bicyclist and cyclist extra-ordinaire, Kurt Magsamen began riding up and down the canyons southwest of Denver at age 16. A year later he completed his first 100-mile ride, and a few years after that, he took off on a round-trip journey from Fort Collins to Yosemite Valley, on which he encountered quite a few passes.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Northern Colorado
1. Cameron Pass 19
2. Rabbit Ears Pass 27
3. Trail Ridge Road 32
4. Willow Creek Pass 40
5. Gore Pass 45
Central Colorado
6. Berthoud Pass 51
7. Squaw and Juniper Passes 59
8. Mount Evans 64
9. Loveland Pass 70
10. Vail Pass 77
11. Kenosha and Red Hill Passes 84
12. Hoosier Pass 90
13. Fremont Pass 95
14. Tennessee Pass 100
15. Independence Pass 106
16. McClure Pass 114
17. Grand Mesa 120
South-Central Colorado
18. Ute Pass 127
19. Wilkerson Pass 133
20. Trout Creek Pass 137
21. Cottonwood Pass 142
22. Poncha Pass 147
23. Monarch Pass 152
24. Hardscrabble Pass 158
25. North Pass 163
Southern Colorado
26. Cucharas Pass 169
27. North La Veta Pass 175
28. Slumgullion and Spring Creek Passes 180
29. Wolf Creek Pass 187
30. La Manga and Cumbres Passes 193
31. Coal Bank and Molas Passes 198
32. Red Mountain Pass 205
33. Dallas Divide 211
34. Lizard Head Pass 215
Passes by Region 223
Pass-Bagging Log 225
Index 230
About the Author 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2002

    Comprehensive and valuable

    Though not exhaustive, Cycling Colorado's Mountain Passes by Kurt Magsamen, offers a perfect beginning for anyone seeking information on Colorado's many mountain climbs. This book, 237 pages long, describes 34 passes from all parts of the state. All passes are neatly outlined in the table of contents by area, thereby making them easy to find. The introduction describes the book's organization and general content. This section also includes useful information about safety, time of the year with optimal weather conditions, recommendations for conditioning as well as equipment. For someone new to the state or unfamiliar with cycling mountain passes, the introduction is most useful. There is also a summery of passes by region that includes elevation and difficulty on pages 223-4. A pass-bragging log provides a place for making personal notes. The included index provides quick access to the more detailed information contained in the book elsewhere. The bulk of the book is devoted to a description of each pass. Each of the described passes is organized to begin with an overview, and followed by a road map, recommended start and stop points as well as alternatives, road and traffic conditions, descent challenges, sleep and supplies, and finally mileage logs. All information included is quite useful especially for someone who is new to the state. I especially like the comments contained in the road and traffic conditions, as well as the insights about where one can find accommodations and food. The graphic display of the mileage log offers a quick look of what one is about to tackle and given the exaggerated vertical scale can appear quite intimidating. More accurate information about mountain grades and overall difficulty is included in the opening paragraphs for each pass. In general, I find the book is well organized and full of useful information. It is small enough to fit into the back of your bike jersey and at a list price of $17.95 should be considered for the book shelf of every biking enthusiast who wants to take on Colorado's mountain passes.

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