Friday can expect 50 miles and 5,175 feet of elevation, starting from the Garden of the Gods Trading Post and heading up one of the area's most popular dirt climbs, Rampart Range Road.
This will be the least technical day of the week as riders head up Rampart Range, take a right down Rainbow Gulch and follow the Rampart Reservoir singletrack around the lake. Beautiful views of Pikes Peak over the fall colors of the aspens around Rampart Reservoir will make for an amazing autumn ride. Riders will cross the dam on the east side of the lake and continue on the singletrack on the south side before climbing back to Rampart Range Road and heading back to Colorado Springs. Timing ends at the overlook (around mile 38), and riders will coast back down Rampart Range (with amazing views of the Garden of the Gods) to the start line.
Located on the Southwest edge of the world-famous Garden of the Gods, this is an exciting location to return. With food and beer available at their lunch bistro and the welcoming environment of the backyard patio, it's the perfect venue to share post- race stories!
Dating back to 1929, the Garden of the Gods Trading Post boasts Colorado's largest, oldest and best gift shop and art gallery, with over 25,000 square feet and nearly 90,000 different items to choose from, they literally have something for everyone. Read more about this historic treasure.