Elite, four-day mountain bike challenge to kick off Sept. 24 at Palmer Park
Colorado Springs, CO, September 14, 2020 – Starting Sept. 24, the brand-new Pikes Peak APEX, presented by RockShox, will feature four days of mountain bike racing across Olympic City USA. The event, a project of the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA), is a nonprofit endeavor with a mission to drive economic impact to the area in order to improve the trails and open spaces in the region for the lasting enjoyment of its residents and visitors.
The largest mountain bike prize purse in North America for 2020 will be split between the top men and women finishers. Local Colorado Springs cyclists, including Katie Compton and Russell Finsterwald, are among the participants.
“I’ve always enjoyed multi-day races and having this one so close to home on trails I get to ride frequently is pretty great,” said Katie Compton, local professional mountain bike racer and 15x U.S. Cyclocross Champ. “The stages are challenging and will make for some hard racing, but the views will make the suffering a little more manageable.”
With the pandemic this year, even more people have taken to the region’s trails and open spaces prompting increased importance to fund their maintenance and connectivity. The mission of the Pikes Peak APEX resulted in creation of the new PPORA Stewardship Fund, which will bring attention and action to the Pikes Peak region’s trail system and surrounding lands for multiple uses and users.
“We launched the Pikes Peak APEX to not only strengthen economic impact in the region, but also showcase the Pikes Peak region’s outdoor recreation and position it as an internationally recognized endurance sports destination,” said Becky Leinweber, Executive Director of PPORA.
Following in the footsteps of other successful 2020 events like the Pikes Peak Marathon and Labor Day Lift Off, the Pikes Peak APEX is adapting to the times. The event is taking every precaution to ensure safety for participants, organizers and bystanders amid COVID-19, including hiring Dr. Michael Roshon, Chief Medical Officer of USA Cycling, as the event’s medical director. The safety plan keeps the event well within state and local guidelines and regulations.
While the Pikes Peak APEX was designed to create as little disturbance as possible to vehicle traffic and businesses, the event will impact some regular trail usage, including Palmer Park, where trails will be closed most of the day on Thursday, Sept. 24 to non-participants. The Rampart Range area and Bear Creek Park will be impacted from Sept. 25-27. A full route map is available.
Organizers of the Pikes Peak APEX ask bystanders to avoid gathering at the start and finish areas of the race routes. Since the routes are large, single loops, they can watch with their family or friends at distanced positions along the trail and cheer on the participants.
The Pikes Peak APEX was envisioned to be an epic mountain bike challenge that would showcase the Pikes Peak region and establish a stewardship investment in the trail system for future generations. It will draw professional and amateur cyclists to the Colorado Springs area for a world-class challenge on the slopes of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.
The event thanks its supporters: RockShox (presenting sponsor), Circa Real Estate Group, ASSOS USA, Heuberger Subaru (founding sponsors), GE Johnson, CTS, Adventures Out West, BCR Management (supporting sponsors), Lodging & Auto Rental Tax, Visit Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Sports Corp, Colorado Tourism Office, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, U.S. Forest Service, El Paso County, City of Colorado Springs (destination sponsors), Garden of the Gods Trading Post, Osprey, Centura Health, Waste Management (suppliers) and USA Cycling (sanctioning body).
ABOUT PIKES PEAK APEX, PRESENTED BY ROCKSHOX, A PROJECT OF PPORA
The Pikes Peak APEX, presented by RockShox, is a unique 4-day mountain bike challenge on the slopes of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. The event features exhilarating, exceptionally crafted routes through dirt roads, jeep trails and the amazing alpine single track that is quintessential Pikes Peak. This rigorous Rocky Mountain trail experience through the aspens in Colorado’s backcountry will draw not only professional riders, but also amateur cyclists looking for a bucket list endurance experience.
For more information about the Pikes Peak APEX, visit https://www.pikespeakapex.com/.
For more information about PPORA, visit http://ppora.org.