This climb ended at a point overlooking Mongolia Bowl called Benchmark with views of the Gore Range and Vail Mountain I’d never seen before – and I lived here for 9 years! I wish I had not been racing and had time to take a photo to show you the majesty of the Gore Range and complete lack of pavement and people up there.
We finally did go down, and I surprised myself with having some balls that I don’t usually have on descents. There was a pretty gnarly hike a bike that surprised me and made me think I was giving away all the hard earned time I’d gained on the climb. We roared through a Back Bowl trail known as Grand Traverse that I love, and I was all grins.