Music In the Mountains (Bicycle Times, July 2018)


Music In the Mountains
by Adam Perry for Bicycle Times, July 2018

As I set my Long Haul Trucker down at a Ride the Rockies aid station this spring atop Ute Pass, approximately 9,500 feet above sea level in central Colorado, a scruffy young man in an all-black kit still wearing his helmet and cleats eagerly waddled over to me.

“Dude, were you playing freakin’ Motörhead on that climb?”

“Hell yeah,” I replied.

“That’s awesome!” he said and hurried over to the growing port-a-potty line next to the complimentary water-and-snacks setup.

In Breckenridge the previous weekend, I’d chatted with two mechanics from Campus Cycles (poised to follow Ride the Rockies) about the growing phenomenon of cyclists bringing Bluetooth speakers along for bike tours, a habit some people love and some hate, and one of them suggested blaring Motörhead’s “Overkill” near the end of the 418-mile tour.

“You should play that on Ute Pass and see what happens,” he said.

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