Stage 7, Friday, June 30
Start - Colorado Springs. Finish - Colorado Springs
44 miles / 70 kms*
4,590 feet / 1,400 meters*
Highest Point - 7,464 feet / 2,275 meters
Passes - Gold Camp Road (* before abbreviation)
Ride Time: 1:23:52
Stage Time: 0:14:50
TSS/Suffer Score: 97
Position on Day: 82
Final Overall GC Position: 48
50-59 Male Position on Day: 10
Final 50-59 Male GC Position: 3
Haute Quote: "Any bike beats a bus."
After six days of perfect weather, routes and logistics at the Mavic Haute Route Rockies everyone is ready to wrap things up in Colorado Springs with Stage 7. Like many things in life, things don't always go as planned.
Regrettably, the buses transferring riders are delayed and depart Crested Butte three hours late. Sitting around waiting for a bus before sitting on a bus for hours on end is not what riders do best.
(Read the Bucket Rider's Despatches From Each Stage of the MHRR)
(Catch up with all of John's Haute Route training HERE)
(Read Granfondo.com's preview of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies)
It's hard to get motivated for the final stage under these circumstances, but everyone makes the best of it knowing they are a few pedal strokes away from completing the toughest amateur cycling event in North America - and the post-ride party with open bar.
Finally, the buses arrive in Colorado Springs and we roll out at 3:17 sharp.
I (and many other riders) expected more for the final stage- more of what we enjoyed the last six days, rather than something anticlimactic. But then six out of seven is still pretty damn good for a first time event.
Check back here in a few days (after I've recovered) for a final review of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies including Bucket Rider Tips if you want to give it a try next year - and yes, you should.
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