Flagstaff is America’s Alpe d’Huez

14 12 2011

Tom Danielson on flagstaff

Tom Danielson on Flagstaff. I know every turn on this classic climb. Tommy D is on the first climb outta Boulder. Photo from ColoradoDaily.com

Recent news that the US Pro Cycling Challenge will come to Boulder drew some big cheers in the Bubble.   Hearing that the initial proposed route would not go up Flagstaff made me scratch my head.  Flagstaff, or Super Flag if you go to the top, is a classic Boulder test piece.  It’s my ride of choice in the winter because it is generally well-plowed of snow, and  I can leave my house and get back in an hour and a half.   One painful hour up, half an hour of bliss coming back home.   It starts out reasonably steep, but it doesn’t really kick you in the nuts until you get above the amphitheater turn off.  The pavement above the tight S-turn is known fondly as “The Wall”.  I was hoping to see the same agonizing look of despair on the pros’ faces as I have on mine every time I hit that section.

Turns out the race organizers agree with me.   A recent Denver Post article tells the story.

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I posted this video previously, but here it is again.  Flagstaff descent to the tunes of Justin Timberlake (yes, I am soooo lame.  Cirque du Solame)

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