This past Sunday, the Pikes Peak APEX Strava Challenge came to an end. On the Men’s side, Nick Gould posted a blazing 52:52 and took not only the top step of the APEX Challenge, but managed to also take the coveted Strava KOM in the process. On the women’s side, Sofia Arreola posted the fastest time with a 1:09:25, only 50 seconds off the Strava QOM time!
When the Pikes Peak APEX announced this challenge, our mission was to give locals something to be excited about and provide some motivation during these challenging times. With over 50 attempts made by APEX club members, we feel this mission was accomplished. Kudos to everyone who got out and challenged themselves!
In addition to the Strava Challenge, we also asked those outside of Colorado Springs to take their best guess at the overall combined time for the male and female challenge winners. Jeff MacNair of Boulder, Colorado had the closest guess and was only a mere 30 seconds off the total combined time. Jeff guessed 2:02:47. The overall combined time added up to 2:02:17. Jeff is a former Colorado Springs resident, so it appears his knowledge of Rampart Range Road may have helped him in the end.
Rampart Range Road is a climb that starts in the breathtaking Garden of the Gods and climbs 3,081 feet over 11.32 miles to its first summit. Those who race the Pikes Peak APEX will get to experience the beauty of Rampart Range Road first hand during Stage 1 this fall.
Pikes Peak APEX Rampart Range Road Strava Challenge Podium
1st Nick Gould; 52:52
2nd Matt Bell; 54:17
3rd Finn Gullickson; 58:05
1st Sofia Arreola; 1:09:25
2nd Renne Eastman; 1:11:58
3rd Jess Cygan; 1:18:37
Combined time: 2:02:17
Jeff MacNair; 2:02:47
Congratulations to everyone. Nick Gould, Sofia Arreola and Jeff MacNair will each receive a complimentary entry. Can't wait to see you all on the slopes of Pikes Peak for the real challenge in September!