Cycling Bellyache Ridge
Ride 5.3 miles gaining 2,085’ at 7.5% average grade.
Climb report by Mike Persellin, Robbinsdale, MN, USA
Bellyache Ridge is a tough, short climb up from I-70 near Wolcott, CO. You are on the western, dry side of the Great Divide, and it can be quite warm. The start is at 7,017 feet and the finish at 9,102 feet; so altitude is not quite as much a factor as with most of the other Colorado climbs. The climb is not overly difficult, with just a few double-digit segments. Once past the golf course, the views over the Eagle River valley and I-70 corridor are stunning. It’s a new, wide road with little to no traffic, and the road ends where residential development stops. It would not be surprising if the road and finish are extended in the near future.
Thank you Mike!