Is it a stage race? Is it a multi-day Gran Fondo? Is it a backcountry adventure on the slopes of Pikes Peak? Is it a celebration of bikes in Olympic City, USA? The answer is YES.
The Pikes Peak APEX is a multi-day mountain bike challenge that utilizes aspects of all the above. Riders will all start in one wave—that’s all categories at the same time. Finishes will be sorted out by timing chip and the top 25 male and female finishers across the line (regardless of age category) will split the $50,000 prize purse based on overall time for the four days. There will be a $100 bonus for the male and female overall winner each day, but almost all the prize money will be in the overall standings.
The event is designed to be challenging, but not too technical. Let’s just say the courses will be somewhere in between the Leadville 100 and the Breck Epic when it comes to technical difficulty. The first day will just shake out the legs with a 45-60-minute prologue on Thursday afternoon. With three 35 to 50-mile days after that it won’t be easy, but some of the course will be on wide open dirt roads which ride pretty fast. While you can ride any bike you want, we don’t recommend gravel bikes as there is plenty of backcountry single track that can get a bit rocky and loose. You cannot change bikes during a stage, but you may switch bikes between stages if you wish.
The event is designed so each rider will have plenty of support on the course. There will be several neutral aid stations each of the longer days which will also have limited neutral technical and medical support. Each rider will get to fill one bag (supplied by the event) that will get delivered to one of the mid-ride aid stations so each rider can have their own drink/snack/etc. All aid stations will have drink and food that is available to all participants, so feel free to stop for a minute to fill up a bottle, grab a snack and keep going.
The Pikes Peaks APEX is held under USA Cycling rules.