Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Few Images from CHC'16!

1. Weather (wind) forecast for event, Walden, CO. [NWS]

2. Cameron Pass 10,276 ft. [JLE]

3. Beaver Creek wildfire near Wyoming. [JLE]

4. Paul Foley and Vernon Smith heading into Saratoga, WY. [JLE]

5. Paul Foley and Vernon Smith heading into Saratoga, WY. [JLE]

6. Snowy Range in Wyoming, 10,800 ft. [JLE]

7. Camp store at Woods Landing, WY [JLE]

8. Grand Lake [JLE]

9. Pre-Dawn heading to Cameron Pass from Walden [JLE]

10. Early miles in Boulder County. [JLE]

11. Boulder County pre-dawn - smoke plume from wildfire. [JLE]

12. Large group in Larimer County. [JLE]

13. Kieran Johnson [JLE]

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Riders at the Finish!

Riders finished from late morning to mid-evening of Thursday, July 14.
Here they are!

Rando legend Ken Bonner toasts his fifty-first 1200k finish with lemonade.
- Catherine Shenk photo

This is local rando Josh Horwood's first 1200k!

Also the first 1200k for John Mathias,
who went off to ride a 50-mile gravel event in Kansas with his daughter after CHC.

John's wife Celeste helped us immensely!

Mike Sturgill, a CHC veteran!

Jason Turner - first 1200k!

Barry Schwartz

Micah Fritzinger

Eric Williams - after riding Texas Rando Stampede in May

Ed Boltz

Gavin Beibuyck

Kieran Johnson

Dave Nelson

Paul Toigo

Edward Bennett

Callista Phillips

Spencer Klaassen - first CHC rider on fixie/single-speed

Gary DelNero and wife Sara, who was a great help!

Braulio Souza and Roberto Trevisan from Brazil:
Roberto rode the Last Chance 1200 some years ago!

Rod Geisert and Mike Turek

Dave Thompson, 
fresh from the Cascade 1200 three weeks before

Robert Sexton, Brian Feinberg, Aloar Porcher (from Brazil)

Congratulations to all the finishers,
and thanks to all the riders for joining us!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Day 4: Cameron Pass and Poudre Canyon Descent

Today our riders head down Poudre Canyon after a final climb, up the west side of Cameron Pass.

Yesterday, once again, they faced windy conditions coming into North Park from Willow Creek Pass.

Today started with a success story, as Vadim Gritsus completed his 1000k with moments to spare!
He joins Kris Jones, the other 1000k rider, with a successful finish.

Here is Vadim in Walden, courtesy of Corinne Warren, chef-de-contrôle and esteemed CHC volunteer coordinator.

Josh Horwood at the finish line!
This is Josh's first 1200k.

Brent and Beth - dropbag transit, and so much more!

CHC cake featuring Cameron Pass

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Day 3: Gore Pass, Grand Lake, and Willow Creek Pass

After a rough, windy day, 28 riders head from Steamboat Springs today, climbing Gore Pass, visiting Grand Lake, and then Willow Creek Pass before settling in at Walden.

Jeffrey Hulett sent this evocative photo of sunset over Gore Pass on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Walden Transit Day 2!

Today our riders are climbing the Snowy Range between Saratoga and Laramie, then heading SW via Walden over Rabbit Ears Pass to Steamboat Springs.

Malcolm and Wayne had an early visitor to the Walden Transit control - en route between Laramie and Steamboat Springs, as Jeffrey Hulett passed through at 9:39 this morning.

Jeffrey had a speedy time last High Country, and is hoping to have a less thunderstorm-prone ride this go around.

Déjà vu as Josh Horwood passes through battling strong winds at 3:15pm.

The Start and Early Miles

43 riders headed off in mild, dry conditions on the fourth Colorado High Country 1200!

Mike Turek's bike (rider #41) with frame tag.

Drop bags await transport.

Ken Bonner calibrating something ...

Makoto Miyazaki and Toshi Nemoto

Mile 1: Heading up McCaslin Blvd. in Louisville.

Mile 23: 75th St. and Woodland Rd. in Boulder County

Cloud bank is smoke plume from Cold Springs fire west of Boulder.

Mile 36: Rd. 29 in Larimer County

You can faintly make out the "horsetooth" feature of Horsetooth Reservoir,
first real climbs of the route.

Mile 35: Rd. 12 in Larimer County