Sunday we rode the Peak to Peak Highway from Raymond, CO to Ward, CO and back. You can experience this part of the Peak to Peak Highway through my eyes by reading my blog post.
Yesterday (Thursday), we decided to ride a different section of the Peak to Peak Highway…Nederland (or Ned as the locals call it) to Ward and back. This was a slightly longer ride (only by 2 miles each way), but some of the steeper climbs in this section of the highway were MUCH longer.
We started at the Park and Ride in Nederland, which is a perfect place to start if you are driving to the Peak to Peak Highway and not doing the loop the locals do that starts/ends in Boulder (a ~60 mile loop that includes part of the Peak to Peak Highway).
When you leave Ned, you IMMEDIATELY start a rather STEEP climb!! Most of the climbs on this ride were either 4-5% grade or 8-10% grade. There wasn’t much in between. There was 1500+ feet of climbing in the first 12 miles (Ned to Ward), with the last 600 feet of climbing occurring in the return trip. Just for comparison, the section we rode from Raymond to Ward was mostly around 7%, with a few steeper sections and 1800+ feet of climbing in those first 10 miles.
Around mile 4, we had a very LONG climb at a 10% grade. This one mile stretch took us 9:19 to climb (I’ll let you know how quickly we descended this same mile in a little bit)…long, slow slugfest. There were a few sections of the climb that appeared to be descents, but were actually false climbs instead…so misleading.
The views along the way were magnificent!
We stopped in Ward at the Utica Street Market for a quick break, a snack and some mid ride fun…
After our break, we hopped back on the saddle for a much easier return trip to Ned. We of course had to stop along the way and take some pictures of the view…
Oh…that mile climb that took us 9:19 to ascend…it took us 1:43 to descend WITH the breaks on…so much fun, but definitely a challenging ride!!
This section of the Peak to Peak Highway had a few more potholes than the stretch of highway between Raymond and Ward, but it wasn’t anything you couldn’t successfully avoid. If you ride this stretch of road later in the day, be careful…the winds REALLY pick up through the valleys and on top of the mountain, so be sure to keep both hands on the handlebars!!
Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this bike ride if you get to this area of Colorado!!
14 thoughts on “Peak to Peak #bikelove – Part 2”
Hey Kecia, shout HB to the IH for me. 😀
Will do 😉
Omg, that place is GORGEOUS!!!! I wanna go! Bonus would be lack of humidity as we all suffocate here on the coast 🙂
I don’t think I could handle those hills the way you all are killing them!! My heart rate elevates when I go over a teeny bridge :):) Way to go!!
It is BEAUTIFUL here!! You’d love it!! The lack of humidity is a huge bonus!! Everything dries so quick out here!! The hills were a great challenge and the climbing made the descent so worth it!! 😊
Belated Happy Anniversary! Great ride, and hula hooping is great exercise-you should’ve counted that as a brick workout 😉
Thanks Amy! Hula hooping is so much fun!! I have my own at home that was made special for me by a friend. I 💜 it!!
More fun adventures for you all! So awesome! I really love how it seems to be so cyclist friendly. I wish more places were that way! So, you mentioned the “flat lands” of Boulder where the race takes place. I am unfamiliar with the course, so it sounds like it is not terribly hilly? You are certainly getting in some solid hill training, regardless!!!
It is super cyclist friendly here!! I wish we had the same environment back home, but it just isn’t the case. There is some climbing on the IM Boulder course, but only about 4400 feet over the 112 miles. Considering we climbed 2200 in 24 miles, 4400 in 112 seems minuscule 😉
Everything looks so beautiful! It’s so awesome you guys got in all this training in CO, with lots of fun thrown in!
Happy belated birthday to your hubby!
It has been such a fun trip!! I’m so glad we decided to taper this way!! It has definitely made the taper more bearable 🙂