STAGE 3: GOLDEN
On paper, Stage 3 in Golden looks like a sprinter’s delight with seven swift laps of a nine-mile circuit that starts and finishes under the iconic Golden arch downtown. But don’t be fooled as the short steep climb up the historic Washington St. is enough for a mini-QOM on the last lap, combined with additional rollers, add up to over 4,000’ of vertical. Look for breakaway attempts and sprint trains after the non-climbers have waited for two days to get on terrain that suits them.
3 intermediate sprints and time bonuses
QOM up Washington Street at the start of the last lap
Short steep hill on Washington Street right after Start/Finish
Many great course side bars and restaurants for viewing options