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Chandler Smith - Route Review

Chandler Smith - Route Review

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Route Review - Chandler Smith, Tour Director RTR
Thank you for coming up and sharing part of your night with us. Thanks formaking tonight possible, Pat Mayben with WRC, Allen, Ron and WRC entire staffare wonderful for hosting this event. Ron has been a part of RTR since the firsttour 25 years ago. Also like to recognize the RTR staff. Lexi and Elizabeth, andHeather, who is taking notes to be posted on the RTR fanpage on facebook.Last, we do have our group of massage therapists and a tour chiropractor. Dr.Dan Maduff, thank you.I’m going to talk about my experience on the route two weeks ago, and give yousome hints etc.Check out Co Mountain Passes book, which has some great info on some of thepasses we’ll be climbing.We will have yellow directional signs, lots of posting, hazards will be marked inorange, and there will be Bicycle Colorado signs to remind you and motorists ofsafe practices. We have identified most of these hazards ahead of time, but wedon’t catch all of them. Ultimately safety is up to you!We have 8 sag wagons (dodge caravans), who can help you move along theroute. We also have four medical support vehicles, I will be out there, as willWorm the technical coordinator. And finally, the meat wagon for those who aredone for the day. There are 2 stadium ambulances along the route placedstrategically. We have 40 Ride Medics who are paying riders. We also have 12Ride Officials who are out there helping and encouraging best practices, overallthey are the masters of the tour. Finally, there are 8 CO state patrol troopers tohelp marshal the event.Rest stops: RTR provides water, Gatorade, fruit (oranges, bananas, greengrapes) which alternate every rest stop.We also added snacks last year, Bonkenergy bars, animal crackers and pretzels. Route vendors are also out there,burritos, pancakes, sandwiches, pasta salad, hamburgers. There are usuallybreakfast and lunch vendors, at least two at very aid station, as many as 5. Thereare also community meals in each town, breakfast, lunch and dinner in the hosttowns that are a la carte.I did go out and ride the route. I am currently becoming an avid cyclist, though Istarted with events. I prepped with only spin classes and yoga, never been on mybike!Share a few pictures of the route. Grand Mesa, vineyards outside of Palisade, inroute to Grand Mesa, Montrose, climbing country roads, Red Mountain Pass atBear Creek Tunnel, the switchbacks on RMP, view coming down RM, CO StatePatrol officer.
 
 Big Picture
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7 days
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Actual mileage, 540!!!
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5 passes or divides
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Two natural wondersI rode 4 out of 5 passes and 480 miles. No Grand Mesa! I like to say it snowed,but really, I’m just out of shape.
Things to know
Day 1:
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Active front and rear lights, white in front, red in back required for CONational Monument
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We will sell them on registration day for $5
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Only necessary for day 1
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You can have them on your body, doesn’t have to be on your bike
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East entrance is going to be closed to the public in the park and cyclistsnot in RTR
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44.85 miles day 1
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Depart from Mesa Campus, navigate through side streets and 3intersections
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Then East Entrance into the park
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Your fee is covered by your registration, your wristband is your ticket in
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Your support vehicles will be charged a fee
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You’ll hit the highest point 6,640 at 13.8 miles.
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If you want to take pictures, pull way over!
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Cautions are railroad crossings and drop offsDay 2:
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General start times, 6:00, everyone out by 8:30 or 9am
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Grand Mesa day, you must be on the route by 8am
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GJ to Delta, there is a little section on I-70, we will have a partial laneclosure, 7 miles
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GM is rated a 5 out of 5 on difficulty
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93.59 miles total
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Toughest day
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Few side streets with 2 and 4 way stops
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Beautiful ride through vineyards, slow traffic but narrow shoulder
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Climb over 6000 ft in 32 miles, we have 3 aid stations in there
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The third one is in Mesa
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The sixth station is at the top, but it is on the left side of the highway,10,838
 
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Descent into Cedaredge, then hwy 65 to 92, then you have a wideshoulder through Orchard City, then a quick ride to Delta. We do have aleft turn that will be managed by police like a crosswalkDay 3:
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66.62 miles
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Mostly county roads, through smaller communities
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Rough road, kind of like the cobblestones in France, amazing views andlimited cars!
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Free admission to the Ute Indian mission, Aid 2
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Slightly more traffic going in and out of Montrose
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Then a straight shot to OurayDay 4:
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Second biggest day of the tour, huge climbs, though not as many miles
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Definitely a rewarding day
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Red Mountain Pass – attempted to do partial lane closure, but they saidno.
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That’s why we are mandating the 8am timeline. Ouray to Durango –past Fox Canyon by 8am (just past Ouray)
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RMP is narrow and tight for 7 miles, so use extreme caution, single fileonly
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We take a lot of steps to alert folks that we are there, but still be careful
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RMP is a 5 (out of 5) on difficulty, max grade is 8.4%
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aid is 8.5 miles up the road, but don’t be fooled my the flats still a lot ofup hill!
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Weird winds, be cautious
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Three climbs today but the roads are in very good shape
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Be cautious of rocks, agent orange will do the best they can to clear theroad
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Stop at Honeyville, which is the last aid station, where you can get honeysticks, yum!
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Country road into DurangoDay 5
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86 miles
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Head in to Bayfield for an aid station
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Pass the ute Indian casino where we will loose riders!
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160 a slight brush with traffic, but then make your way to the Hot springs
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Simply use cautionDay 6
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last of the big climbs with WC, 3753 ft. 7.8% grade max, rated as adifficulty of 5
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Hwy 160 most of the day with exception of one aid station in Delta North
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Treasure Falls at base of WC, 8 mile climb to aid 2 at the summit

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