Rocky Mountain National Park
from Trail Ridge Road
(Not on this year's route.)
|This single-loop ACP 600k brevet has 8,226m (28,253 ft.) of climbing,
which means it can be used towards the 8000m requirement of the
ACP's Randonneur 10000 Award.
Start - July 20, 4:00 am - Lionshead Parking in Vail.
The Route - Vail - Little Cottonwood Pass - Kebler Pass - Cottonwood Pass - Independence Pass
- Maroon Bells -
Starting from 'easy-to-access from the Front Range' Vail, this lollipop goes over Little Cottonwood Pass
and into the Roaring Fork Valley, traverses Kebler Pass to drop into Crested Butte,
along the Taylor River, and over Cottonwood Pass, where you descend to spend the night in Buena Vista,
which has lots of lodging and food options. The second day has two beautiful climbs, Independence Pass,
and an out and back to the most iconic sight in the Rockies: the Maroon Bells.
Then a relatively easy climb back over little Cottonwood Pass and back to Vail.
Membership - As with our other brevets,
you need to be an RMCC member
(membership dues cover our operating costs) as well as a RUSA member.
Logistics and Support -
This event provides no staff support. So pay careful attention to services available, and make your own plans
for an overnight sleep break if desired -- Buena Vista is a good candidate.
Unpaved Stretches -
The route has six unpaved segments totalling 49 miles (13% of the route). Look for upcoming guidance in terms of
- There are a number of lodging options in Vail itself, east over Vail Pass in Frisco, and west in Avon and Edwards.