Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb
The Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill climb is an iconic bicycle race that takes place on the highest paved road in the United States..
It was run for the first time in 1962 and has run consecutively with the exception of 3 times, so it is considered the 49th year of the event. It was renamed in 1981 in honor of five-time race winner Bob Cook, who died of cancer at the age of 23.
The starting point in Idaho Springs is about 45 minutes east of Summit County, and if you fancy yourself a climber, this is one of the “Big Kahunas” of Hill Climbs. It’s a 6,630′ of climb from an elevation of 7,500′ all the way up to 14,130.’ Climbing between 12,000′ and 14,000′ is dramatically different than climbing from 10,000′ to 12,000′ and consequently has been designated the Colorado State Hill Climb Championship for Senior Men, Women and Junior Men/Women 17-18.
1.Because it is an Epic race and it’s attainable.
Think about it – when else will you have the opportunity to climb a 14’er and have full support? There is mechanical support at the Start and on the Summit; there is neutral support on the route; there is a feed zone with people handing you hydration and nutrition; your clothing bag is brought to the Summit and there is a ride down if you aren’t comfortable descending. And there is a rocking party at the bottom to celebrate!
2.It is the 52nd Anniversary.
People have been racing the Mt. Evans Hill Climb for 52 years. It is an epic race that everyone should do at least once.
3.You can race with professional cyclists.
The Mt. Evan Hill Climb has professional cyclists that race in the Tour de France and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. You have the opportunity to race on the same course as those that have made it to the highest level of cycling.
4.It is the Colorado State Hill Climb Championships for Senior Men, Women & Jr Men/Women 17-18
Colorado USAC licensed cyclists will compete for the State championships for Senior and Masters Men, Women and Juniors, in 2016!