If you haven’t been paying attention, we are adding to the already impressive list of names you’ll see at The APEX next week. EF Pro Cycling riders Lachlan Morton and Alex Howes will be coming to Colorado Springs for the 2021 Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox. Lachlan, from Austrailia and Alex, from right up the road in Nederland, both call Colorado home these days. We’re excited to welcome these ‘locals’ and catch up with them for a quick chat.
APEX: We know you’re preparing for Cape Epic. How will The APEX work in your preparation to compete in South Africa?
Lachlan: The APEX gives us a chance to dial in our equipment, skills and form before Cape Epic. The multi-day format and tough stages are as close to the Epic as we can get locally. But really, it’s just going to be a bunch of fun racing hard with Howsey, and I’d be doing it even if we weren’t heading to South Africa.
Alex: Racing The APEX is a great opportunity to race against some top talent in a MTB stage race format. It's a big bonus, that is close to home. The goal is to gain experience here and learn and improve as we move closer to Cape Epic. I think for Lach and I, the more time we spend racing mountain bikes, the more we realize how much we have to learn. At this point, it's crunch time for Cape Epic preparations so the more time we can spend racing, the better.
APEX: Which Stage of The APEX are you looking forward to the most? Have you done any course recons, or have you previously ridden trails in The Springs?
Lachlan: It’s all new to me, which is really exciting. I’ve never mountain biked in the area, so we’ll be flying blind but that always adds to the excitement and ultimately it’s a skill we will need in SA.
Alex: I've never ridden any of the trails that we'll be racing on, and I'm really looking forward to checking them out. Palmer Park in particular looks to have some really fun terrain.
APEX: We’re excited to host you in Olympic City, USA and introduce you to our trails. You've been doing quite a few home races lately. How does it feel to be racing in Colorado on home roads again?
Lachlan: It’s really fun. There’s something special about throwing the bike in the car and driving to a race. The local scene is on the comeback, and I think it’s really important to support every local event possible. The competition is always fierce, but the atmosphere is warm and fun.
Alex: Racing close to home is always special. Having friends and family at the races always lifts the spirit and adds so much motivation. It's an added bonus that we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.