There weren’t a ton of options for racing in 2020, and the inaugural Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox was one of a handful of races. With a COVID-19 Mitigation Plan in place, the event was able to pull off 4 days of action. Chloe Woodruff, one of the top mountain bike racers in the country, took notice. Chloe competed for Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics and is part of the Tokyo 2021 long team. She made a daring tactical move to win a World Cup Short Track in Nove Mesto in 2019, the same year she won USA Cycling’s XC National Championship.
Accolades aside, Chloe is just a rider who loves to play in the dirt, explore new places, and inspire others to do the same. Growing up in Boulder, she heard great things about the riding in the Springs, but never really had a chance to experience the area. When an unusual race season aligned with a stateside event that fought hard to give riders an opportunity to race, Chloe committed.
We caught up with Chloe this week to delve deeper into her APEX experience. We talk about her training and approach to racing 4 straight days, and it’s a bit different mindset than an Olympic XC race! You’ll also hear Chloe’s insight on encouraging more women to be a part of our incredibly supportive sport. But the big question? Will Chloe be back this year to defend her title? Watch the interview to find out!