When Colorado Springs’ own Russell Finsterwald received the call from race director, Micah Rice, about The APEX, he was super pumped to learn a big event was taking place on his home trails.
“It’s really cool to see all the local entities coming together and be willing to work to have a stage race in Colorado Springs.”
Russell may have used local knowledge to ride to the top step in the inaugural Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox, but home field advantage was just a piece of his success. Finsty has been racing bikes since he was 13, and he does it really well. He won the 2019 XC Marathon National Championship, holds 4 other National Championships, a U23 Pan American Championship, and was named to the 2016 US Olympic Long Team.
Bike racing isn’t Russell’s only passion. He completed the Colorado Trail with buddy Kerry Werner just before The APEX last fall, enjoys landscape photography and you’ll find him climbing the highest peaks in Colorado. So far, he’s conquered over 60 of the 100 on his list.
In Tucson preparing for this season, Russell is optimistic about 2021 racing, especially after the precedent The APEX set in its first year. We caught up with him at the end of a long training week to reminisce about the inaugural race. He revels us in the feeling of hitting Captain Jacks at race speed, dishes his favorite post ride nosh spots and issues a challenge to anyone and everyone coming to Colorado Springs this September! Near and dear to his heart, you can be sure you’ll find Finsty in at The APEX defending his title this year.
Where will you be in September?