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Nearly One Thousand Riders Tackle Mount Evans Hill Climb

USAC Colorado State Hill Climb Championships and Gran Fondo was a hugely popular

Colorado, USA, July 17th - Riders from all over the USA and beyond descended down on Idaho Springs for the 52nd anniversary of the epic race that everyone should do at least once.

Nearly 450 riders tackled the open Gran Fondo. The 27.4 mile climb is the highest paved road in the United States, a 7,000 ft of climb reaching a dizzy height of 14,100 feet (half the height of Mount Everest). 

It was Henry Fisher who smashed the climb in a time of 2h 9m 20s ahead of Chris Walker and Josh Allen.
In the women's category, it was Toni Brenzikofer in a time of 2h 43m 50s ahead of Jennifer Thurman and Vickie Otto.
American Pro cyclist Chad Haga who rides for the Team Sunweb was the fastest overall in a time of 1h 43m 39s, an incredible near 16 mph average speed. Chad is Bike racer, pianist, book aficionado, mechanical engineer, and proponent of the Oxford comma.
Chad said afterwards "I ended up 2.5min over the course record, If I'm around next summer I want to take another crack at the Mount Evans record. It's possible!"
The Mt. Evans Hill climb is an iconic bicycle race that takes place on Mount Evans. It was run for the first time in 1962. It was renamed in 1981 in honor of five-time race winner Bob Cook, who died of cancer at the age of 23.  

The full Gran Fondo and Colorado State Hill Climb Championship results can be found here -

More information of the annual Mount Evans hillclimb can be found here -

Congratulations to everyone who conquered Mount Evans, see you next year!

The 52nd Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb, Idaho Springs, CO