Sunday was a great day to ride Bishop Castle 200. I started early and rode the counterclockwise Colorado City route. If you like to front load climbing and/or are starting when it’s cold, this is a good way to do the ride. The disadvantage is that traffic on the 15 mile stretch of I-25 is heavier in the afternoon than early morning. The Bishop Castle RUSA permanents are only available from May 1-Oct 31. That’s because the upper elevations can be icy. Even yesterday when the high was 71F and the low just below 32F there were a few sketchy corners near Bishop Castle.
I got to ride Boulder to Estes Boomerang 200k Permanent on possibly the most beautiful day in Colorado this November. The route starts in Boulder and heads up Thompson Canyon through Drake to Estes Park, with final miles on beautiful Valmont Rd. It was great to see lots of cyclists out enjoying the nice weather!