PLEASE NOTE: all courses are tentative until we have been approved for all permits by all landowners. These courses are subject to change!
Day one: Prologue in Palmer Park
Palmer Park will kick off Apex's prologue stage of Day 1 with a mix of everything this "regional park" has to offer. The park has served as the venue for 24-hour national championships in 2010-11 and many local races for years. 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. You'll accumulate ~1000 ft of gain and descent accumulated with many short punchy ups and downs, a few rowdy locally-renowned rock descents in the park with test your skills while a few "longer" open climbs allow you to test your legs and lungs. And "longer" is relative to Palmer....wait for what we have in store on days to come! Hup hup buttercup!
Read a bit more and see some photos from SingleTracks about riding in Palmer Park here.
Days two through four
The next three stages of the Pikes Peak APEX will be longer backcountry stages with varied terrain. Pikes Peak region as home base for a mtb stage race offers something for everyone with access to a variety of differing trail networks all within a short ride centralized from the downtown area. The variety and experience you'll take home will give you a true taste of diversity. Extensive trails in parks within the city offer a mix of techy sandstone singletrack, short punchy ups and downs and physical reprieve on doubletrack. While other more remote routes will take you into the Pikes Peak high-country for more rugged back-country trails via a mix of long doubletrack climbs. And don't forget the Pikes Peak scree! If you don't know what that is; the area is fairly rocky so expect rock and some loose scree. You really must bring your A-game and be an all-around mountain biker with both ability to climb, descent, grin, and grimace to complete these 4 days! For days two through four, expect stages in the range of 40 miles (plus or minus a few miles) with several thousand feet of climbing. We will be announcing stage details in the coming months.