Bob Cook dominated the Mt. Evans Hill Climb from 1975 through 1980, winning the race every time it was held. Late in 1980, he began to experience headaches and balance problems. CAT scans and exploratory surgery at the end of that year confirmed the presence of tumors in his brain spawned by multiple metastatic melanoma. Bob fought heroically for three months, and he succumbed to his disease in March 1981 and died at the age of 23.

In honor of his memory and of his repeated victories on its summit, the Mt. Evans Hill Climb was renamed the Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb in August, 1981. Over the years, some of the world’s best-known cyclists have added their names to the list of challengers, including Olympic gold medalist Alexi Grewal, Jacques Boyer, Ron Kiefel and Tom Danielson, the current record holder at 1:41:20.

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