Mt Charleston Hill Climb

This was my first year doing the Mt Charleston Hill Climb, actually it was also my first time to the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort which is where the climb finished. The weather was perfect, temperatures were down in the low 50's for the start of the climb at 3312 ft, sunny and very little wind. The race started at the bottom of Lee Canyon road and the 95 and climbed up 17.5 miles to 8669 ft. That meant over 5000 ft of climbing. As we gained elevation it was awesome to slowly see the landscape change from desert to evergreen forests and even snow at the top, in fact the ski resort had one of the lifts and runs open. The climb was challenging and I struggled to keep 8 and 9 miles an hour through the race, at steeper slopes I think I even got down to 5 mph. The temperature at the top was in the low 40's and it felt good. The climb was fun but even better was to see my family waiting at the finish. After the race at the top there was an overpriced BBQ so we got to hang out for a while and let Jonas and Anna experience the cold and snow.  The last few switchback were definitely the hardest as it gets pretty steep right before the resort, that's where I saw Kirsten, Jonas and Anna.

One more turn then the finish

Anna staying warm next to Kirsten
Jonas throwing a snowball


Tony said...

You are the man,B! H and I were talking about getting real road bikes and trying this out when we get back to the states. There is a diabetes benefit ride in UT next summer we are interested in. I have taken up running again here in Cebu, and have worked up to 15k. I'm picking out a Half to tackle before we leave, and think I will plan on the St George half after Christmas.

Arthur Cycling said...

Awesome! We are planning on some triathlons in St George next year.