APEX Newsletter Archive

News & updates from The Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox

This issue is all about the 2020 Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox. Amazing stage-by-stage video recaps, APEX After Party virtual event, rider photo gallery, photo extras and a special thank you to everyone involved with making the event a success. Read this issue.

We're counting down the hours until The 2020 Pikes Peak APEX! This newsletter will be the last before the event and has the final details. The last map is out. See Stage 1 and download the GPX file. Also, check out a fun video from our friends at RockShox - the presenting sponsors of The Pikes Peak APEX. Read the Tech Guide, and get a friendly welcome form Visit Colorado Springs. All in this issue. Read this issue.

We couldn't premiere an epic race without the voice of Dave Towle. Read about how thrilled we are to get back to racing with this cycling legend. See the map & download the GPX file for Stage 4, presented by LART. Visit Colorado Springs welcomes riders to Olympic City USA and shows us some great things to do, plus the new dining epicenter in downtown Colorado Springs. Read this issue.

Maps are out for Stages 2 and 3. Check them out and download the GPX files. The APEX interviews 2x XTERRA World Champion Bradley Weiss about being stuck in Boulder, far from his home in South Africa during the outbreak of COVID-19 and his decision to join us in September. Watch the welcome video from Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort as Torie and her team welcome APEX riders, show us around the Lodge and explain what they are doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Read this issue.


3rd in 3-part video + blog series from Heuberger Subaru: Coach and Course Director, Daniel Matheny shows us what to expect during The Prologue Stage of The APEX. Local IMBA Chapter, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates gives us a list of the regions Top 5 Trails to ride when you're in Colorado Springs. The United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum has opened, and here are the Top 5 Reasons to go check it out while you're here. APEX Poll Question: If you're familiar with COS trails, what's your favorite? Read this issue.

2nd in 3-part video + blog series from Heuberger Subaru: Micah explains what to expect on Day 1. Circa Group releases another in-depth course preview: Day 3 Gold Camp & Pipeline. VeloNews asks Dr. Michael Roshon about The APEX COVID-19 Response. We look at how Telluride100 pioneers MTB events in pandemic and serves as precursor to APEX. APEX Poll Question: If you're considering The APEX, what is the main reason you haven’t registered? Read this issue.



This issue is packed with good information! Heuberger Subaru brings the first in a 3-part series of blog posts, this one featuring Micah Rice, Eric Fossell, and Lacey Rivette talking bike selection for The APEX. We release the latest rider survey results. How to eat and drink for The APEX is covered in a nutrition plan by CTS and we share the latest CTS TrainRight Podcast podcast featuring Ayesha McGowan and her journey to become the first African American female pro cyclist. We suggest 5 Colorado Springs breweries you can't miss. Read this issue.

This newsletter is packed with news about The APEX! Sugar Beets host the Pikes Peak APEX Soiree tonight. We're following up with a few more questions for riders in the our latest rider survey. There's a great article with videos on 5 places to eat after The APEX and we've wrapped up The Hunt presented by ASSOS USA and Pikes Peak APEX with 10 winners and 12 great ASSOS prizes! Read this issue.

This issue announces The APEX Training Plan. We are proud to partner with CTS and Training Peaks to deliver a COMPLIMENTARY 10-week training plan to prepare riders for the demands of our 4-day mountain bike challenge. Also, for out-of-towners, we focus on some winning recommendations on where to stay and 4 things to do while in town! Read this issue.

Announcing The Hunt pb Pikes Peak APEX and ASSOS USA, a 2-week scavenger hunt that will take you on some of the most iconic mountain bike trails in North America, where you will search for prizes hidden by some of the world’s top cycling athletes. Plus, the latest updates about COVID-19 and an interview with military veteran Tracy Crowell  to hear how she’s preparing for the APEX, her first endurance stage race. Read this issue. 

This issue is FULL of APEX news! Rider Survey results are published. Rampart Range Road Strava Challenge winners are announced. And, we release a video Q&A with Micah Rice, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak APEX and VP of Event Strategy and Operations for Sports Strategies  Read this issue.

We want to know what you think! Riders, please take a few seconds to complete our survey. Also in this issue, we have an update on the Rampart Range Road Strava Challenge - Finn Gullickson and Katie Regan are in the lead, plus we share our favorite rider recap from Instagram. Read this issue.

The Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox is excited to announce the Pikes Peak APEX Strava Challenge! Locals compete for the best times on the Rampart Range Rd segment. Non-locals compete to guess the best times. Winners receive complimentary entries to the Pikes Peak APEX. Also, in this issue we share good news from People for Bikes and announce the opening of the volunteer portal. Read this issue.

COVID-19: Adversity or Opportunity? Get training tips from Daniel Matheny, Course Director for the Pikes Peak APEX, presented by RockShox. See his video chat here. Daniel, a multi-time national champion and full-time coach, shares insights to stay motivated during the COVID-19 outbreak and restructure your season around the changing race calendar. Also, in this issue learn how to support cycling from home. Read this issue.

We reached out to some pros and asked them how they are staying motivated while they’re inside or isolated during the Coronavirus outbreak. They had great ideas and videos to help us get through, and even make the most of this time. Also, see the latest updates on the impact of the Coronavirus. Read this issue.

Yes, the APEX offers the 2nd largest prize purse in North America! But, do you know what makes the payout unique? EVERYONE who enters is eligible to win the prize money. It is not reserved for the pros! All riders start in one wave, with all categories starting at the same time. Finishes will be sorted by timing chip. The top 25 male and top 25 female finishers will split the $50,000 prize purse. $25,000 will go to the top 25 female finishers and $25,000 to the top male finishes – all based on overall time for the 4-day event, regardless of age group. Read this issue.

Have you Heard this this Podcast All About Pikes Peak APEX? Representatives from the Pikes Peak APEX, RockShox, and the local IMBA organization, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates talk about what it takes to put on this large-scale mountain bike event. Hear why these groups teamed up to create the largest event Colorado’s Front Range has ever seen and their plan to give back to the trail system they all love. The APEX Offers the Second Largest MTB Prize Purse in North America, with over $50,000 Cash PLUS Age Category Prizes will be Awarded. The prize purse grand total of $50,000 will be split between overall winners in the Men's and Women's categories. Each category will receive $25,000, to be awarded to the top 25 overall finishers, regardless of age group. Day 2, Rampart Range Road to Start at Garden of the Gods Trading Post. With 50 miles and 5,175 feet of elevation, Day 2 starts from the Garden of the Gods Trading Post and heads up one of the area's most popular dirt climbs, Rampart Range Road. After an amazing autumn ride, riders will coast back down to iconic views of the Garden of the Gods and back to the start line. Food and beer, available at their lunch bistro, and the welcoming environment of the backyard patio make the Trading Post a perfect venue to share post-race stories! Read this issue.

We're headed to Tucson! If you're going to 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, be sure to find Pikes Peak APEX Executive Director, Micah Rice! Come by, and see him for exclusive Epic Rides hook-ups! Look for our tent across from Canyon Bicycles. GE Johnson, another Colorado-based company to support the Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox. GE Johnson is a commercial construction firm with a portfolio that includes hospitals, schools, and office/mixed use, and the Pikes Peak Summit Complex. We’re excited that Russell Finsterwald, current Marathon MTB National Champion will be racing in September. We caught up with him down in Tucson and talked about the APEX. Read this issue.

Bicycling Magazine Names APEX in featured article covering 'Mountain Bike Races You Should Seriously Consider Entering in 2020.' The APEX was the only first-year event named in the Hearst Media publication.Pikes Peak APEX announces Heuberger Subaru as a Founding Partner. We Caught Up with Olympian Todd Wells to Talk Post-retirement Life and the APEX. Read this issue.

Getting ready for September, with only 255 days until we see you at the Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox, we're releasing our new video to give you a taste of what to expect. CTS joined Sports Strategies to announce a partnership between the industry-leading coaching company and the inaugural Pikes Peak APEX. Published in the Colorado Springs Business Journal, Micah Rice, who has high hopes for “the largest mountain bike race Colorado Springs has ever seen,” disucsses what the 4-day endruance event will mean the city of Colorado Springs and the local cyclists who enjoy trails there. Read this issue.

Look for Big Names in September! Quickly gaining traction with champion athletes, the Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox announces an impressive and growing list of registrants. Early registrations already include National Champions and Olympians. Courses envisioned for large-scale mountain bike race in Colorado Springs. Latest coverage by Seth Boster of The Gazette has a set of proposed courses designed to entice resident aficionados and unaware visitors alike. While awaiting approval from the U.S. Forest Service and other land managers, the Pikes Peak Apex’s executive director, Micah Rice, has unveiled concepts for the four-day event set for Sept 24-27. Have you seen the jersey? The APEX Custom Jersey created by ASSOS for the Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox is now available now for pre-purchase. Check it out! Read this issue.

Course descriptions are out! On Day 1, expect a challenging mix of singletrack on grippy sandstone with smooth double track areas intermittently spaced for passing over an approximate single +/-10 mile loop. OutThere Colorado feaures the event: $50,000 prize purse up for mountain bike event in Colorado. Sports Travel magazine reports: Tuesday morning at USA Cycling headquarters, before announcing “the largest mountain bike race Colorado Springs has ever seen,” Micah Rice was roaming the room, at one point stopping to shake hands...Read this issue.