RAPHA GENTLEMEN’S RACE COLORADO
I moved to Boulder after my first mountain ride here. It was 1979. I remember that the route ran from downtown to Nederland, taking me across hills, at altitude, for an hour or so. It concluded with a seemingly unending descent, from the town of Ward, via Lefthand Canyon, and back to Boulder. I hadn’t ridden in mountains anywhere else at that point in my life and my heart was sold as soon as I discovered the inviting forests and forbidding terrain. It was here, after all, that Davis Phinney first learned to ride, and with very few roads passing through, I’ve never regretted settling here. In fact, I still spend most of my riding energy heading into the mountains west of the city, both on my mountain bikes and on my fat-tired road bike.
~ Andy Hampsten
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