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2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Stage 2 - Gunnison to Aspen - August 24
Two big climbs and 9,000 feet of climbing over 130 miles will test racers in a major during the Queen Stage of the race from Gunnison to Aspen. The ascent up Cottonwood Pass (12,126 ft.) features a dirt road section.
Analysis by Joe Lindsey, Bicycling.com blogger and Colorado Resident
Billed as the race’s queen stage, this day is long, hard, and high. The entire stage takes place above 7,700 feet, with two trips over 12,000 feet on long KOMs. The first climb, over Cottonwood Pass, is 12 miles long with 2,552 feet of climbing, largely on dirt (the descent is paved). Independence Pass is longer, at over 15 miles, with 2,749 feet of climbing. But Colorado climbs are usually evenly graded, without the ramps that you’d find in, say, the Pyrenees. And the summit of Independence is 20 full miles from Aspen. Although the descent is technical at first, it evens out and we should see a small group finish. Expect a contender or two to fall out due to the altitude, but the race won’t be won here.
Note: Stage route, exact start/finish, and sprints/climbs have been approximated from information provided by UsaProcyclingChallenge.com. Actual stage may vary slightly.
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