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 Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
 Post Date:  09/02/2012
 Date Climbed:   08/31/2012
 Posted By:  sanchomurphy1

 Bike Antero!   

This report is thanks to monomaniac's 8/17/2012 report.

I consider myself an average rider and in decent shape since I typically bike around 80 miles a week near Longmont and hike in the mountains on a daily basis. My bike is a Specialized Hard Rock 29er with only a front suspension.

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I started from Baldwin Gulch and took my time getting to the top. THe first section is not very good for uphill riding and I had a hard time staying upright due to the slope and plenty of river rock around 6" in diameter forming the road. At the top it levels out for a good stretch and this makes biking possible for a good mile up to the creek crossing.

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After this it becomes very difficult again until you get to the lower switchbacks. I found the switchbacks from 12,500 to around 13,100 to be some of the best riding on the entire mountain. Here the grades are easy and the road surface is excellent aside from its general v shape. I rode about 25% of the way up and walked the rest of the way to the 13,800 parking lot.

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This was pretty miserable, but I was really looking forward to the ride down. The last stretch up to the 13,800 lot was definitely the hardest section for me, but once at the top I felt great.

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The hike up and down the last 400 feet was a piece of cake vs. the rest of the hike/bike ride up.

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The ride down was great all the way to the creek although I had to ride the brakes all the way with my rear tire dragging. Route finding was easy and I did this portion of the ride in about 30 minutes racing four wheelers all the way down. After this, the constant downhill ride had taken its toll and my shoulders and hands ached the rest of the way down. After finishing in just under 6 hours, I would say that the ride down was awesome and it made the rest of the work worth it.

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While not the best ride out there, it was great to mix things up. Anyways, how many 14ers can you bike?



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  • Comments or Questions
greenhorn1


Nice shoes!     2012-09-04 10:17:32
This is the second bike Antero report I've seen this summer. Definately want to give it a try someday. Good job.



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