Redrock Canyons 2010

Lizard Head Cycling's "Redrock Canyons" bike tour was a great ride through the "Four Corners" region of western Colorado, southeastern Utah, down into Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona and back up to the northern end of Lake Powell back in Utah. The ride took place in mid October and unfortunately, the last day was cut about 45 miles short for all but two of us by a cold hard rain leading up to the lunch stop at the Hite Ranger Station.  Disappointing to say the least and I'm sure the subject of some second guessing by a number of us as to whether we should have pressed on to the finish.  Eric & Mike, two hardy souls who were out in front of everyone else the last day did so and were rewarded with a great final few miles to Lake Powell.

Even so, we covered 370 miles on generally VERY quiet & scenic roads and did 20,593 feet of climbing in 4 1/2 days. That is significantly more climbing than the official ride website indicates, but I believe the data from my Garmin bike computer is very close to correct and the figures compared well with others on the ride. Daily ride profiles, climb data and route maps are provided as graphics below. The weather was generally cooperative, other than the run from the Moki Dugway signature climb into lunch the last day. We had a couple cloudy but comfortable days, two beautiful sunny days and some of everything the last day. Ten riders from all over North America, including Canada took part.

The ride was very well organized and run by our two guides, Eric & Chuck. This ride recently was written up in the New York Times travel section. Obviously, they do a much better job of describing the ride, and provide much more and more colorful detail than could I in this space. It's worth reading, so click here to do so, but then come back because our pictures are better! The photos below are a combination of those taken and sent to me by Greg, Judy, Scott & Rich in addition to my own.

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