Coast to Coast 2022 Adventure Day 19: Estes Park, CO to Byers, CO

Alan Gilbert
3 min readJul 12, 2022

This post is part of a series detailing my 2022 coast to coast cycling adventure.

Today we entered the next phase of the journey. So long mountains, hello plains.

Day 19 Highlights:

Song of the day: Going Down by Freddie King
Start: Estes Park, CO
End: Byers, CO
Distance: 108.9 miles
Elevation: 3,648 ft
Breakfast: Pot luck in our BNB
Lunch: Snooze in Westminster, CO (one of my favorites!)
Dinner: Los 3 Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, the only restaurant in Byers

Progress so far: 1,507.4 miles, 57,910 ft. climbed.

The journey so far, with today’s ride in blue

Here are all of the details on today’s ride:

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Short one today after a long ride. After an incredibly restorative day off in Estes Park, we were greeted with an amazing sunrise.

All cleaned, lubed, tightened, and ready for the next leg!
Team colors!
Loved our BNB cabin in Estes Park!

Today’s ride had a little bit of everything. We started off with a 500 ft climb out of Estes Park followed by one last mega bitchin 3000 ft. downhill before we hit the plains. Then we rode through Boulder and into the Denver ‘burbs of Broomfield and Westminster. We met my good buddy Eric Perkins and his daughter for breakfast. (🤦🏻‍♂️ for not taking pictures). Then we rode through some pretty industrial parts of Denver.

Very overcast this morning
We rode bike trails through some pretty gritty parts of Denver

Riding through a very industrial part of Denver seemed apropos for the start of this phase. We banged out 109 workman-like miles and it very much felt like “OK, back to work!,” but in a good way. It even ended with 23 miles on I-70 which was not particularly beautiful but it got the job done.

Sleep tight, Byers!

Tomorrow is 124 miles to scenic Eads.

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