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Colorado Cycling - Robert Burke and Twain Berg's Ride On July 7, 2011
Colorado Cycling
Vacating all week in Colorado, Twain (from Lake Tahoe) and Robert (from north Texas) met in Buena Vista to bike Cottonwood Pass. Although they've done many of the toughest Colorado passes, somehow they never had done this particular one. These two friendly fellows are active members of the BikeJournal.com forum, and it was a pleasure to meet them. After briefly saying "hello" to me at my home in Buena Vista, I knew I had to be their SAG wagon. :)

Above is a nice shot of Twain and Robert at the summer with such beautiful mountain views behind.

Robert Burke Cyclist
Robert gives a "thumbs up" on the grueling 10-12% grade just west of the Denny Creek Trailhead on Chaffee County Road 306.

Colorado Cycling
Some amazing Rocky Mountain scenery on this route!
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One shot of us in front of the Cottonwood Pass sign. Good heavens, I hate how I look. Robert's eyes are closed. Twain has his hand on his helmet. This is why I hate having strangers take pictures for me! But that's the way it goes, for my tripod is broken.

Personally, I have biked Cottonwood Pass twice, and I do recommend it. With the exception of busy summer weekends, Cottonwood Pass tends to be fairly quiet. Drivers tend to be very respectful of cyclists. And the descent is fairly continuous all the way back to Buena Vista. Robert said he got as fast as 62 mph!

Video

Nine minutes of oh so entertaining footage of Robert and Twain working their way to the pass! :)

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