I got to spend some time in my favorite part of Colorado – the San Juans. After I left the Aspen Food & Wine Festival with Michael David Winery, I drove to Ouray. I should have been tired 2 days after the Bailey Hundo, but Imogene Pass(13,114′) was calling. I was happy to find I wasn’t too tired. I was expecting to be destroyed because that’s been the theme after each race this year.
It was a pretty serious ride! I had never been up there and after I made the left turn, it was steep, very loose, and rocky. I got the obligatory concerned look from people in jeeps barely making it up. A lady stuck her head out asking “Are you okay?” with her eyebrows knotted in concern. I actually love it when people ask me if I’m okay when I’m doing “dumb” things! I also appreciate someone looking out for me.
I almost didn’t summit because weather was moving in, but I made my way up. It started snowing just moments after I snapped a photo. The only thing that would have made the ride better was singletrack although the road was so technical it might as well could have been singletrack.
I discovered they have a trail running race that goes up here. I used to be a runner before I was a cyclist and I still enjoy running with the obligatory “off the couch” running race every off season. I can see some epic trail runs in my distant future!
After a satisfying pedal (and fun descent), I packed up and headed to Durango for some shop visits. I also got to see my friends Shannon Gibson and Kenny Wehn.