aspen camp Summer 2019
Where: Aspen and Vail, CO
When: Jul 29 - Aug 2, 2019
PARTNER: RAID CYCLING: The trip logistics and SAG will be delivered by 25-year veteran trip designer Brad Sauber, founder of RAID cycling. Brad brings his passion and many years of experience in facilitating remarkable cycling tours for many brands such as Rapha Travel and inGAMBA. Why did we go with a 3rd party logistics team? With Brad’s help, EVOQ.BIKE coaches will be able to focus on what matters: helping you become the best athlete you can be. We’ll be with you every step of the way - from meals to rides to post ride break-out coaching sessions and everything in-between.
Maroon Bells, Independence Pass, Tennessee Pass, Vail Pass, Fremont Pass
ELEVATION AND EMINENCE.
The Rocky Mountains are a place of legendary wonder, and when it comes to American cycling, they’re also the setting for the basis of the modern sport. From races like the once-illustrious Coors Classic to some of the continent’s highest paved roads, it’s a locale known for being continually steeped in the sport of cycling. But aside from its past and current prowess as a bike riding hotspot, mountainous Colorado is known for skiing, and with it boho towns like Aspen, and bougie places like Vail. RAID’s Rocky venture visits both, with plenty of high-altitude suffering to balance the bounty of novel eats (and drinks) both cities offer. Hot tubs, spas, and fine dining complete an escape to the high country’s lonely alpine roads, one guests are sure to return from recharged and refreshed.
Different from our Chile Camp where we stay in one lodge with no transferring, our EVOQ Aspen & Vail Camp harnesses the power of exploration, as riders will be challenged with traversal rides through the Rockies between these two gorgeous, classic Rocky Mountain towns. We will spend two in-depth days in each town and a day riding between them. We’ll ride the local roads and offer world class coaching insights during post ride break out sessions. Ultimately, we’ll offer a healthy blend of education, skills and technique, training and fun, all surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains.
Day 1: ASPEN - BELLS & ASHCROFT
47 Miles / 3,890 Ft
Our first shakedown spin at altitude takes us along the moderate climb up the Maroon Bells. This out-and-back ride begins at 8,000’ feet in Aspen and climbs moderately for nearly 10 miles to a mountain lake. The road is closed to vehicles for most of the season and provides incredible riding in both directions. Once we reach the top of the climb, we come around the bend and are rewarded with one of North America’s best views: the 14,000-foot Maroon Bells peaks. Enjoy the descent back into town!
Day 2: ASPEN - VALLEY LOOP
73 Miles / 5,804 Feet
Lance Armstrong has made Aspen his home, and this is one of his favorite loops down valley from Aspen. It includes some of the iconic dirt roads that Colorado is known for. We head out of Aspen along Owl Creek, rolling to the ski village of Snowmass, where the gravel begins. Wildcat Road takes us to our highest point of the day, topping out at 8,500’ where we can take in the incredible views of the Roaring Fork Valley. This smooth five-mile gravel sector drops us back to pavement on Snowmass Creek Road. After a coffee stop, we continue up the eastern flank of the valley, back toward Aspen via the iconic Woody Creek Tavern, the residence of noted author Hunter S. Thompson for most of his life. From here we tackle the Medicine Bow climb before finishing in Aspen along McLain Flats Road.
Day 3: ASPEN TO VAIL
95 Miles / 7,400 Feet
Today we’ll tackle Independence Pass, one of the most challenging and scenic climbs in Colorado. From Aspen, we’ll climb 4,200ft with a maximum grade of seven percent for 19 miles to the 12,500ft summit. Our descent form the top is nothing less than incredible. A staple climb in numerous historic races, Independence Pass ranks with the finest ascents in North America.
After a 25-mile descent we turn north toward the mountain town of Leadville, known for its iconic mountain bike race, the Leadville 100. After grabbing lunch in town, we’ll continue on an incredibly scenic route traversing the Continental Divide, before summiting Tennessee Pass at 10,424 feet. We descend through the village of Minturn before we finish of the day on a quiet bike path all the way into the village of Vail.
Day 4: VAIL TO BRECKENRIDGE
72 Miles / 6,800 Feet
The iconic Vail Pass, featured in many of Colorado’s professional races through the decades, makes its debut this morning. As we depart Vail along Gore Creek, the road becomes one-lane with no cars in sight. Gradually we climb to Vail’s summit at 10,603 feet, before beginning an incredible descent to Copper Mountain, and then further to Frisco, skirting along Dillon Reservoir, finally making our way to Swan Mountain Summit. We’ll end the day with a descent into Breckenridge, where we can refresh with a local beer before grabbing the van back to Vail for an afternoon of relaxing. The intrepid can choose to cycle all the way back to Vail, making for a perfect 95-mile round-trip outing.
Day 5: VAIL TO GLENWOOD SPRINGS
64 Miles / 1,260 Feet
Jagged cliffs line the Colorado River between Vail and Glenwood Canyon along the classic route. We’ll take the less-travelled route through Eagle before entering the narrow gorge before Glenwood Springs. Keep an eye out for wildlife: Big Horn sheep, elk and even moose are common here. We finish off our ride into Glenwood Springs via the Canyon bike path, a remarkable 16-mile one-way route along a scenic river corridor. The day ends at the Iron Mountain Hot Springs where we can soothe our weary legs in the hot springs perched above the mighty Colorado River.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Our departures are all-inclusive. All prices include hotel accommodation on a double-occupancy basis (single-occupancy is available on most trips for an additional fee), professionally guided rides, on-road vehicle support, limited laundry & recovery (massage boots), most meals (excluding alcohol), and ride nutrition/food (hydration, energy bars, etc.). Baggage transfer, porterage and all gratuities at restaurants are also included.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Airfare is not included and gratuities for our trip leaders and personal expenses. Bicycles are not included on this departures. Most meals are included in RAID departures, with individual dining instances strategically placed throughout the trip with plenty of options. Alcohol is not included in trip pricing, but a cold beer is always waiting at the end of the day!
Regarding packing for Colorado mountain weather. Late afternoon thunder showers are very common in the high mountains, so please bring appropriate kit for a quick rain shower and cooler temperatures. The summer weather in CO is normally really nice, but cooler temps do happen- we recommend arm & leg warmers and long fingered gloves, in addition to your rain/wind jacket. No need for deep winter gear. we will be doing laundry as needed, so no need to pack 10 kits, 2-3 will suffice.
We provide a full bike mechanics repair station, all the tools and spare tubes and tires for your needs. We also provide an extensive list of products from hydration drink mix, pre-load, post ride and on-bike food from SIS in addition to fresh made rice cakes & pocket sandwiches each day just like the pros. All of your meals are inclusive of your tour as well.
We provide Wahoo bike computers for your use, we upload the daily routes onto them so you can follow your ride each day.