Team Mosquito- Actually, we are not a team... The riding group is simply a bunch of friends that like to bicycle and tour together for fun and exercise... And the Rockies in Colorado have been our destination of choice, so far. But, as time goes on, we are also spending time in California and Arizona, along with Minnesota and Wisconsin. While the Colorado data is by far teh most comprehensive, routes in other states are beginning to grow.
After spending 14 years of riding across Colorado, I've crossed almost every paved pass over 9,000 feet at least once, if not multiple times. In learning about Colorado, the one thing I've missed is an "average Joe" summary of what can be expected riding up a pass. There are some great books out there describing the passes and various routes, but most seen to be written by those obsessed with climbing, sporting legs of steel. At 6'4" and weighing in over 250 pounds, people see me more as a defensive end for the Chicago Bears rather than a cyclist... and climbing is a royal pain in the rear. Gravity, at least on the climbs, is the enemy. These summaries are written from the viewpoint of a climbing slug. For me, I tollerate the climbs and live for the scenery and the downhills.
In addition to riding in Colorado, over the past years, I created a number of rides in and around my home state of MN and recently, in California and Arizona. I've also followed many of the routes designed by any number of other folk. Some of these are just simple flat rides to work out the kinks after a long day at work, others are challenging hilly routes and century/near century rides.
What I hope to do is include a wide selection of rides that has something for everyone. I hope the experienced rider will find the stats and route data helpful. I hope the average rider will get a perspective on what they are about to face in places like Colorado, and hope to show the newest riders or those that need to do a little exercise first that this really is a great sport that just about anyone can do. As always, if you have not riden in while and have not been active for a while... please be to check with a doc before jumping head first into any strenuous activity.