6 - 7
FATMAP difficulty grade
It's a BIG long day.
Riders cross the Continental Divide, not once...but TWICE.
Parts are flowy.
Parts are rowdy.
Some parts? Straight up chunky. You may see mountain goats or even bighorn sheep.
They're nice...but stay away. You may see moose.
They're North America's largest mammal.
Technically an ungulate, these hooved behemoths hate you (don't be offended - they hate all of us equally).
As an added bonus, they're big and mean enough to do something about it.
Hiding, respect and above all, the basic fear that drives self-preservation are the appropriate responses here. This stage captures all of Epic.
Long as hell, hard as balls, more fun than hats on monkeys.