If you have ever been part of planning an event, you can imagine the work that goes into planning The APEX. Organizing and permitting a cycling event with a single course can be daunting. Multiply the number of days and courses by 4, and you are looking at quite a challenge! Luckily, our team loves a challenge, especially Course Director, Daniel Matheny!
March is National Athletic Training Month and a perfect time for us to catch up with Craig Elder, PhD, ATC, CSCS, Athletic Training Manager for Centura Sports Medicine. These healthcare professionals are on course to triage and manage care for you. With spotters at high consequence locations, radio communications and drones, you are never out of sight from someone who can help for long.
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.
While spring and summer may be too soon for events to move forward safely, the fall can be fairly normal according to Dr. Michael Roshon, who also cites current infection rates considerably higher than last summer as the reason events pose a risk to operate safely.
'The four-day Pikes Peak Apex MTB stage race commenced last week with a series of safety measures around COVID-19. We spoke to riders about the race and its health rules.'
The Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox will be one of the few pro mountain bike races in North America this year
In the last few weeks, it has been very exciting to see athletes from different cycling backgrounds signing up for The Pikes Peak APEX. We recently shared 15 time Cyclo-Cross National Champion Katie Compton will be joining us, its rumored Enduro star Mitch Ropelato will be on the start line and last week it was announced that two-time XTERRA World Champion Bradley Weiss will also be joining us in September!
Thanks to SportsTravel for announcing format changes to The APEX in September
Last Saturday, race organizer Tobin Behling became a pioneer for mountain bike events in this new era of COVID-19. Fans of the sport were watching closely and hopefully, as so many other events have fallen, or fallen out of favor. With few surviving and a limited calendar remaining for 2020, we were all rooting for the Telluride 100 to pull off a safe and fun event.
VeloNews interviews Dr. Michael Roshon about The Pikes Peak APEX COVID-19 response plan for September.