Finn Gullickson and Katie Regan Lead the Rampart Range Road Strava Challenge

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After nearly two weeks of our Rampart Range Road Strava Challenge, the two leaders are currently Finn Gullickson and Katie Regan. Finn posted a 58:05 and Katie a 1:27:23, both very respective times. The competition ends May 17th so there is still plenty of time for you to get out there and attempt the challenge!

All of us at the Pikes Peak APEX have enjoyed seeing everyone’s recaps after completing the segment! This recap on Instagram was one of our favorites. Thank you @pedalsandwaves.

I just rode up (and down) Rampart Range Road from the Balancing Rock to the scenic overlook at the top. Here are some observations and lessons-learned.

  1. If you are an out-of-shape, middle-aged guy who has lived at sea level the last 5+ years, this is a tough climb.
  2. The ride up is doable on a regular road bike. I rode a 'cross bike today with a 36/32 low gear and 32mm tubulars.
  3. Mortals can do the ride with a 36/28 low gear. But the 32 in back was nice to spin. I didn't set any records using it though.
  4. 30 psi in the tires was great on the way up. Not so much on the way down.
  5. Drivers on the road are idiots. Every single one is cutting corners to make a straight line. You will end up staring through the windshield of an oncoming car on the wrong side of the road as the driver is gawking at the view (or even trying to take photos).
  6. It doesn't cool off as you go up. I was regretting the base layer and wondering why I was carrying a jacket. (More on that later.)
  7. I wanted to see how far I could get in an hour. I promised myself I would turn back after an hour. That was 8 miles.
  8. My masochism extends beyond my previous romantic relationships and I continued riding to the top. Roughly 30 minutes for another 3 1/2 miles. But I had quit trying to be fast by that point.
  9. The views at the top are beautiful and worth the effort.
  10. The fastest line up the mountain is not necessarily through the inside of the corners. Washboard, loose sand, gravel, rocks, and debris all live there. The middle of the road is smoothest... usually.
  11. Remember that jacket I mentioned earlier? You'll be glad to have one for the ride down. It can get a bit brisk.
  12. Speaking of the ride down... all that washboard wreaked havoc on my hands. Thank goodness I wore padded gloves. I don't usually.
  13. Remember those inattentive drivers I mentioned? They are even more terrifying when you are scorching down the road, barely in control, bouncing across washboard, with your hands and forearms pumped to exhaustion from trying to hold on... let alone braking.
  14. Check your brake pads. They will be toast after the descent.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I just rode up (and down) Rampart Range Road from the Balancing Rock to the scenic overlook at the top. Here are some observations and lessons-learned. 1. If you are an out-of-shape, middle-aged guy who has lived at sea level the last 5+ years, this is a tough climb. 2. The ride up is doable on a regular road bike. I rode a 'cross bike today with a 36/32 low gear and 32mm tubulars. 3. Mortals can do the ride with a 36/28 low gear. But the 32 in back was nice to spin. I didn't set any records using it though. 4. 30 psi in the tires was great on the way up. Not so much on the way down. 5. Drivers on the road are idiots. Every single one is cutting corners to make a straight line. You will end up staring through the windshield of an oncoming car on the wrong side of the road as the driver is gawking at the view (or even trying to take photos). 6. It doesn't cool off as you go up. I was regretting the base layer and wondering why I was carrying a jacket. (More on that later.) 7. I wanted to see how far I could get in an hour. I promised myself I would turn back after an hour. That was 8 miles. 8. My masochism extends beyond my previous romantic relationships and I continued riding to the top. Roughly 30 minutes for another 3 1/2 miles. But I had quit trying to be fast by that point. 9. The views at the top are beautiful and worth the effort. 10. The fastest line up the mountain is not necessarily through the inside of the corners. Washboard, loose sand, gravel, rocks, and debris all live there. The middle of the road is smoothest... usually. 11. Remember that jacket I mentioned earlier? You'll be glad to have one for the ride down. It can get a bit brisk. 12. Speaking of the ride down... all that washboard wreaked havoc on my hands. Thank goodness I wore padded gloves. I don't usually. 13. Remember those inattentive drivers I mentioned? They are even more terrifying when you are scorching down the road, barely in control, bouncing across washboard, with your hands and forearms pumped to exhaustion from trying to hold on... let alone braking. 14. Check your brake pads. They will be toast after the descent. #pikespeakapex #bornfromriders

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