Stage 1

presented by The Warner Group

Day 1: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Prologue in Palmer Park

11.5 miles + 940 feet of elevation

Stage 1 Palmer ParkPalmer Park is one of Colorado Springs’ most popular in-town parks. With over 20 miles of trails and amazing views of downtown and the front range, this is a popular destination for locals to hike and bike. From the two western lookouts on top of the mesa, you can see the front range all the way from Palmer Lake and the Air Force Academy down to the tips of the Spanish Peaks south of Pueblo. The trails are a wide mix of different terrain—all the way from wide open crushed gravel walking paths to super-technical rock drops where you better have your big girl/big boy pants on. The course will avoid the double black diamond sections but will include a great mix of slickrock sandstone riding, rocky singletrack, purpose-built flow trail and several wide open sections for passing.

Like last year, the city has agreed to shut down the park and give it to us for the day. The APEX is one of very few events for which this is done. The course will be very similar to last year, but The City of Colorado Springs, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute have ALL been working on these trails since last September, so there are new re-routes to ride!


Course Video

2021 Preview of Stage 1 at Palmer Park

2020 Recap of Stage 1 at Palmer Park


Course OverviewStage 1 Map


Location & Parking Details

Palmer Park

3650 Maizeland Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80909  Map

Stage 1


Stage 1 Schedule

Time Event Location
9:00 AM Course Preview with Bobbi Kae Warner Sign Up Below Pavilion
10:00 AM Packet Pick UP Pavilion
11:00 AM Course marked for pre-ride  
12:40 PM Rider staging begins  
1:00 PM First rider off  
4:00 PM Last riders in (approximate)  
4:15 PM Presentation of Leader's Jerseys - Top Male & Top Female  

PLEASE NOTE: All 2021 course info is TENTATIVE until all permits are in place with agencies including El Paso County, USFS, and Colorado Springs Parks.  We are in the application process now and everything should be finalized in the coming months. 


Sign Up for the Course Preview with Bobbi Kae Warner