Saturday, July 8, 2017
Sign-in/Start Time: 2:15 am/3:00 am
Start/End Location: Golden, Coors Tek Parking Lot
Distance/climbing: 200 miles/15,500 feet
Brief description: The Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop starts in Golden and passes through Boulder, Lyons, Estes Park, Granby, Winter Park, and Idaho Springs. Climbing over 15,500 vertical feet in 200 miles, the Grand Loop isn’t called “grand” for nothing! The Grand Loop is indeed one of Colorado’s most EPIC cycling loops. This route, which traverses Rocky Mountain National Park’s famed Trail Ridge Road (from Estes Park, CO in the east to Grand Lake, CO in the west), covers 48 miles of the most majestic scenery in the entire state of Colorado. Bring your altitude lungs as well as your climbing legs! Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous highway in the United States, with more than eight miles lying above 11,000 feet and a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet. Not to be outdone, the route also climbs Berthoud Pass (11,307 feet), one of Colorado’s most spectacular mountain passes, during the return from Winter Park. Each year, only a few handfuls of riders can claim they have successfully finished the Grand Loop. Well…here’s your chance to add your name to the list! But you better bring your “A” game. This ride is not for the faint-of-heart!
Course map/Cue sheet: The Grand Loop
Registration: To register, click here: 2017 Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop. This event has an early bird $40 registration fee (3/1/17 – 7/2/17). After 7/2/17, the registration fee will increase to $60. Registration is limited to the first 50 pre-registered riders. Registration closes on July 6, 2016. Participants may withdraw by June 17, 2017for a full refund. After June 17, refunds will not be granted. RMCC membership is also required to participate in this event. For more information regarding membership: RMCC membership.
Time limit: 18 hours. Participants must finish in 18 hours or less to receive an official finishing time and Colorado Triple Crown credit.
Event organizer: For specific questions about the event, e-mail Mark Lowe. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Some ultra-distance experience is encouraged (but not required) to participate in this event.
- Pre-qualification: Please refer to our updated rules regarding pre-qualification: What’s new for 2017?
- Given the exposure to high altitude, severe weather is a major concern with this event. As such, riders need to be prepared, bringing their best winter- and wet-riding gear with them!
- Lights and reflective gear are required!