Video: Rapha Gentlemen’s Race Colorado

Take a look back at 103 miles of high mountain suffering

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Dirt roads featured prominently in this 103-mile affair with 14,000 feet of climbing. Photo courtesy Rapha

Dirt roads featured prominently in this 103-mile affair with 14,000 feet of climbing. Photo courtesy Rapha

Back in early September, we told you a little about the 2014 Rapha Colorado Gentlemen’s Race, which was primary testing ground for our time on the new Trek Émonda SLR 8 road bike. But for a true sense of what that grueling day was like, one need check out this superbly done video edit below. It does a great job of capturing the essence of an experience I’ve frankly tried to block out. So much suffering in one day is best forgotten. Also be sure to check out this race recap from former pro peloton star Andy Hampsten (the only American to win the overall title at the Giro d’Italia), who wrote of the final miles of the Rapha ride, “Before we reached our destination, there was the small matter of Lickskillet Road. Seven-tenths of a mile that, even on a good day, can feel like an entire mountain. To know this road is to avoid it.”

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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