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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ride the Rockies 2014 Total Elevation Gain is Like Riding from Sea Level to the Summit of K2

Ride the Rockies 2014 elevation gain
I put together this infographic to illustrate the total elevation gain of Ride the Rockies 2014.
While I was riding yesterday I got to thinking about the total elevation gain of Ride the Rockies 2014. At 28,265 feet, the total elevation gain of RTR this year is equivalent to riding from sea level to the summit of K2, the world's second tallest mountain!

Then I saw Pikes Peak rising in the distance and it dawned on me that K2 is twice the size of Pikes Peak! I have hiked up Pikes Peak, starting in Manitou Springs at 6,720 ft. From there, the Barr Trail climbs 7,395 feet to 14,115. So essentially we will do that four times in six days and 473 miles of riding. Wow.

Ride on!


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