Bicycling Magazine 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.

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 15 Aug 2011 2:48:28 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: Colorado (CO)
Distance: 130.25 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 9085 ft
Total Loss: 8923 ft
Net Change: 162 ft
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Tags: 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Colorado, Gunnison, Tour of Colorado, USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Analysis by Joe Lindsey, 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 Actual stage may vary slightly.

Prologue: Monday, August 22 – Colorado Springs
Stage 1: Tuesday, August 23 – Salida to Crested Butte
Stage 2: Wednesday, August 24 – Gunnison to Aspen
Stage 3: Thursday, August 25 – Vail
Stage 4: Friday, August 26 – Avon to Steamboat Springs
Stage 5: Saturday, August 27 – Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge
Stage 6: Sunday, August 28 – Golden to Denver


Position Format: Datum:

Stage 2 Track

Distance: 130.25 mi Points: 2061
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 5.71 mi Turn righ Then go 0.02 mi
2 5.73 mi Turn right onto CO-135 Then go 3.74 mi
3 9.47 mi Turn right onto Co Rd 74 Then go 25.10 mi
4 34.57 mi Turn right onto Co Rd 209/Cottonwood Pass RdThis road may be seasonally close Then go 13.59 mi
5 48.15 mi Continue onto Co Rd 306This road may be seasonally close Then go 38.37 mi
6 86.52 mi Slight left Then go 0.06 mi
7 86.59 mi Continue straight onto CO-82 Then go 43.10 mi
8 129.69 mi Turn right onto S Galena St Then go 0.11 mi
9 129.80 mi Turn left onto E Hopkins Av Then go 0.24 mi
10 130.04 mi Continue onto E Main St

Points of Interest

Stage 2: Start - Gunnison

Location: 38.555147, -106.926907

Cottonwood Pass (12,126 ft.)

Location: 38.827639, -106.409454

Independence Pass (12,095 ft.)

Location: 39.108618, -106.563950

Stage 2: Finish - Aspen

Location: 39.190472, -106.818073

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