Colorado Springs native, Julie Powell recently won our Strava Challenge, with the fastest climb up Mt. Herman Road – the beginning of Stage 2 leaving from the Town of Monument. Julie grew up near Palmer Park, and from the time when was 12 years old, she would often mountain bike there with her brother. They would ride, fall off, get back on her Specialized Hard Rock and keep on pedaling.
As our friend and announcer Dave Towle would say, the Pikes Peak APEX Strava Challenge is done and dusted for 2021! Dusty it was, as our two winners threw dirt on both of the former KOM/QOM holders and raged up Mt. Herman road in record time.
We hit go on our 2021 Strava Challenge just 10 days ago and already the existing KOM has been broken! Nick Gould, our 2020 winner, went out last weekend and crushed it up Mt. Herman to start off the challenge with a bang. His time of 36.54 knocked 2 minutes off the previous best time set back in 2014. The good news is that everyone has almost two more weeks to knock Nick out of that KOM spot, and the same for the ladies for the QOM.
The Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox is announcing the 2021 Strava Challenge!
Again this year the Strava Challenge will feature a significant climb in the Pikes Peak APEX, Mt. Herman Road. Mt. Herman is the first climb on Day 2 and is the first big test on the longest day of the entire event. It is a 7.8 mile climb with just under 2000 feet of elevation which starts just three miles into the Day 2 start.
This past Sunday, the Pikes Peak APEX Strava Challenge came to an end.
After nearly two weeks of our Rampart Range Road Strava Challenge, the two leaders are currently Finn Gullickson and Katie Regan. Finn posted a 58:05 and Katie a 1:27:23, both very respective times. The competition ends May 17th so there is still plenty of time for you to get out there and attempt the challenge!