Testing prototype tires over 12,000 vertical feet on asphalt and dirt

Testing prototype tires over 12,000 vertical feet on asphalt and dirt

Given the opportunity to jump in for a stage of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies, leaving from my hometown of Boulder, I stared at the various test bikes in my garage and opted to go with the closest thing to a personal bike I have — a 2012 Specialized Tarmac. Why? I love how it fits and, as a rim bike, it's pretty light. With a mix of pavement and gravel, the 89-mile day up to Winter Park seemed as good an excuse as any to test some prototype cotton Specialized Turbo tires. But the forecast of lightning storms over 13,000ft /3,446m Berthoud Pass had me more concerned about what to put on the body than on the bike... How to create your own backroads gran fondo Giant TCR vs Trek Domane on Mavic Haute Route Rockies Delaney's rookie Dirty Kanza 200 bike Horse for the Course The course: Stage ...

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