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The weather in Colorado can change in no time at all: snow one day and sunshine the next. Yes even in the middle of summer and especially at altitude. Colorado also has a very high rate of lighting strikes and is ranked 10th in the nation. The temperature changes at altitude, with approximately 4-5 degrees Fahrenheit for every 1000 ft in elevation. So what may start out as a warm, 70 degree ride at 7,000 ft, with a climb up to 11,000 ft or above, will provide a decrease in temperature of nearly 20 degrees. Factor in wind chill along with the ever changing weather and you may find yourself unprepared, cold and miserable. There is a saying in the recreational community out here if you're going to climb: Summit by noon. These are "Words to live by”. It is very important to apply sunscreen, wear the proper clothing and layer it accordingly. Storms can roll in at a moments notice, without warning, no matter what the forecast. Have a plan and plenty of water and food. Wait out the storm if necessary. Another popular saying is: "If you don't like the weather wait ten minutes." It will change. Scattered and isolated storms when they happen are just that.
Now with the weather advice out of the way, you should know that Colorado is home to 300 days of glorious sunshine from border to border and peak to plain. Colorado is the one state you will find no finer, more accessible road or mountain biking.