Stage 2

Cañon City

presented by Assos USA

~35 miles + 4,000 feet of climbing

Cañon City is a brand new stage for The APEX. AND, it's on a loop NEVER RACED BEFORE.

Royal Gorge Bridge
Photo Credit: Eve Nagode

Friday’s stage starts in downtown Cañon City, about a 50 minute drive from Colorado Springs. The race will ride up the brand new Royal Cascade Trail before rolling through some singletrack in Royal Gorge Park. Riders will then cross the Royal Gorge Bridge — a spectacular wooden plank suspension bridge above the Arkansas River — that hangs nearly 1,000 feet in the air.  Some private property doubletrack will take the cyclists to the county roads on the south side of the bridge and loop over to the South Canyon Trails which will present plenty more singletrack before coming back into Cañon City from the south side of town. 

The singletrack in this area is much different than Colorado Springs. Much of it consists of purpose-built flowy singletrack, but riders will find plenty of sections with loose volcanic rock as well.  The course will be approximately 35 miles and have about 4,000 feet of climbing. Be aware, that first climb up the Royal Cascade Trail is no joke, but the views of Pikes Peak and the southern Rockies will more than make up for it.  

We think this stage will be the highlight of the weekend!


Course Overview

Look for the course to be posted later this summer.


Location & Parking Details

Centennial Park

404 Water Street, Cañon City, CO 81212 Map


Stage 4 Schedule

Look for the schedule to be posted later this summer.