KUSA - To say Bachelor's Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain is steep is an understatement.
"It's the hardest climb that the Pro Challenge has ever seen for sure," said Tejay van Garderen after grabbing the overall lead and a second place finish in Stage 4. "It's steep, it's switchbacks, it's rough road and it's a real European style climb."
The grade is 18% at some points and when the rider's reached it, they'd already ridden over 90 miles on the day.
"That's got to be one of the hardest climbs I've ever done," commented Matt Cooke, whose specialty is climbing. He had the most King of the Mountain points after Stage 4. "Then there was pelting rain on the way down. It basically keeping a sliver of and eye open so you didn't fall over."
It was a leg buster. Well maybe not for everyone. The yellow jersey in Stage 4 didn't seem too fazed.
"It's a hard climb, but I had really good legs today, so when you have legs like that it's not so hard," said Lachlan Morton, who lost the yellow to Tejay when the stage was over.
So, maybe it's not so bad. Feel free to try it out sometime, or not.
"Oh it was wonderful," says Cooke tongue-in-cheek. "I wish I had a house up here, that would be a nice place to live."
When told he could then climb it all the time if he lived there, Cooke replied "Yeah right, I would drive it!"
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