Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hillclimb
Idaho Springs, CO | Saturday, July 27
The 54th Annual Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb is an iconic bicycle race that takes place on the highest paved road in the United States at 14,130 feet above sea level. It is also the 2019 Colorado State Junior, Senior and Master Hill Climb Championship. The race was renamed in 1981 in honor of five-time race winner Bob Cook, who died of cancer at the age of 23. Bob Cook held the course record from 1975-1980. Over the years, some of the world’s best-known cyclists added their names to the list of challengers, including Olympic gold medallist, Alexi Grewal, Jacques Boyer, Ron Kiefel and Andy Hampsten.
Riding from the base to the summit of a 14,000' peak is a challenging and memorable achievement. The world seems a little different at half the height of Mt. Everest. The whole Front Range of Colorado, the Continental Divide, the vast expanse of the Rockies - it’s all there.
The race starts in the historic mining town of Idaho Springs at an altitude of 7,540 feet and finishes at 14,130 feet, 141 feet below Mount Evans' summit. The race is 27.4 miles in length and climbs 6,630 feet. Echo Lake to the summit averages 5.6% for 5.5 miles, then 4.1% for 2.7 miles and finally 5.7% for 4.25 miles to the top. Maximum grade is 10%. There are 11 switchbacks that take you to an unforgettable view of the Rocky Mountains and an achievement of a lifetime.
The event includes categories for all levels of racing and encourages riders of all abilities. The Gran Fondo is open to any amateur cyclist. Around one thousand riders compete each year in the race and Gran Fondo categories. The event offers mechanical support, a feed zone and transportation of clothing bags to the summit for the trip down the mountain. All riders receive a complimentary beer, or root beer, and a light meal. Gran Fondo riders receive a commemorative jersey and race medal. There are equal cash payouts awarded for Pro Women 1-2 and Pro Men 1-2 for the top 3 podium positions and there is an award celebration in Idaho Springs for all participants and spectators.