Mount Evans

Idaho Springs, United States of America

The Mount Evans is a col with a length of 43.8 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Idaho Springs, Colorado, United States of America. The average grade of this col is 4.5% with a maximum of 5.6%. The Mount Evans ascents from 2.425 meter at the start, to 4.306 meter at the top, with a total of 1.886 ascending meters.


Mount Evans Profile


Distance 43.8 km
Elevation gain 1886 m
Average grade 4.5 %
Maximum grade 5.6 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 2425 m
Maximum elevation 4306 m

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Located on one of Colorado’s famous “fourteeners” (mountains that kiss the sky above 14,000 feet or 4250+ meters of thin air), the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in North America. The distance plus that rarified air ranks it among the toughest to tackle. Riding from the base to the summit of a 4300m peak is a challenging and memorable achievement. The world seems a little different at half the height of Mt. Everest. The whole Front Range of Colorado, the Continental Divide, the vast expanse of the Rockies - it’s all there.

The Annual Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb is an iconic bicycle race that takes place on the highest paved road in the United States at 4300m feet above sea level. The race was renamed in 1981 in honor of five-time race winner Bob Cook, who died of cancer at the age of 23. Bob Cook held the course record from 1975-1980. Over the years, some of the world’s best-known cyclists added their names to the list of challengers, including Olympic gold medallist, Alexi Grewal, Jacques Boyer, Ron Kiefel and Andy Hampsten.