As Morton and Howes Prepare for South Africa, They Sign Up for Colorado Springs 4-Day MTB Challenge
Colorado Springs, CO, September 17, 2021 – Sports Strategies announces EF Pro Cycling riders Lachlan Morton and Alex Howes will be coming to Colorado Springs for the 2021 Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox. Morton, native of Australia, and Howes, from Colorado, are both living in Colorado and will have an opportunity race close to home.
“I saw Alex race, and win, SBT GRVL last month as well as the LeadBoat Challenge. He is an incredible athlete, and I’m excited to he will join us at The APEX this week. And, who didn’t watch Lachlan on The Alt Tour, ” says Micah Rice. “These guys are extraordinary riders who have had opportunities to enjoy epic adventures and experience the best trails the world offers. I am thrilled to introduce them to Colorado Springs, and I won’t be shocked if they are surprised by how amazing trails are right here in their own back yard.”
“There’s something special about throwing the bike in the car and driving to a race. The local scene is on the comeback, and I think it’s really important to support every local event possible. The competition is always fierce, but the atmosphere is warm and fun,” says Lachlan Morton. “The APEX gives us a chance to dial in our equipment, skills and form before Cape Epic. The multi-day format and tough stages are as close to the Epic as we can get locally. But really, it’s just going to be a bunch of fun racing hard with Howsey, and I’d be doing it even if we weren’t heading to South Africa.”
“Racing close to home is always special. Having friends and family at the races always lifts the spirit and adds so much motivation. It's an added bonus that we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world,” says Alex Howes. “Racing The APEX is a great opportunity to race against some top talent in a MTB stage race format. It's a big bonus, that is close to home. The goal is to gain experience here and learn and improve as we move closer to Cape Epic. I think for Lach and I, the more time we spend racing mountain bikes, the more we realize how much we have to learn. At this point, it's crunch time for Cape Epic preparations so the more time we can spend racing, the better.”
ABOUT PIKES PEAK APEX presented by ROCKSHOX
The second annual Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox will be held September 23-26, 2021. This unique, four-day mountain bike challenge draws pros and amateurs for four days of riding on the slopes of Pikes Peak in Olympic City, USA. Riders experience exhilarating, exceptionally crafted routes through dirt roads, jeep trails and the amazing alpine singletrack that is quintessential Pikes Peak. The world-class event supports Trail Stewardship and drives economic impact to the area in order to improve the trails and open space in the Pikes Peak region for the lasting enjoyment of its residents and visitors. The APEX, a Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance project, was developed and is operated by Sports Strategies, a division of Tourism Strategies, LLC. For more information about the event, visit www.pikespeakapex.com.