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The BEET: Episode 5 with Maria Esswein

A veteran of The APEX, BC Bike Race, and just coming off a 3rd place finish in the 3-day edition of Breck Epic, Maria knows a thing or two about big adventures! The Sugar Beets Cycling rider isn’t into race placement—she was thoroughly surprised to learn she was competitive in the Breck Epic. For Maria, an event is about immersing yourself in nature, enjoying the journey, and embracing the people you meet along the way. Not physically embracing these days! It’s more about being present and celebrating life. But we’ll let her tell you the rest in Episode 5 of The BEET.

Rider Spotlight: Julie Powell

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.

The BEET: Episode 4 with Becky Mikrut

Becky Mikrut brings The BEET in this episode. Becky made her debut in the Women's Pro XC race just a couple of weeks ago in Winter Park, Colorado, during USA Cycling's National Championships. Designer by day and cross country racer by passion, Becky created the Sugar Beets' team jerseys this season. She's taking a bit of rest post XCO season, and then readying herself for Pikes Peak APEX! It'll be her first time at The APEX, and participating in any kind of stage event, but her background as a cycling coach has helped her shape a solid roadmap. Watch as she shares her plans to smash it come September!

The BEET: Episode 3 with Samantha Welter

Of course you recognize Sam as part of The APEX team, but she is also a certified athletic trainer who helps empower endurance athletes to prevent and overcome injury. Tune in to learn how to hydrate to ward off heat illness and enhance your performance. Did you know that even 2% water loss in your body leads to dehydration which can cause your performance to suffer? Sam reveals the optimal amount you should be drinking and explains electrolytes, and why they are so important for optimal hydration and performance.

Video: Course Director Daniel Matheny Tell Us What to Expect for 2021

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!

NBC 5: Over 200 Cyclists Coming in Town for 2020 Pikes Peak APEX

More than 200 cyclists from across the country are taking part in a four-day mountain bike challenge at various locations in Colorado Springs and El Paso County. Several streets, parks, and trails will be impacted by Pikes Peak APEX going on Thursday through Sunday.

Ride Along with APEX Course Director, Daniel Matheny and See His Take on the Prologue in Palmer Park

Final post in the 3-part series sponsored by Heuberger Subaru, Founding Partner of The Pikes Peak APEX. Coach and Course Director, Daniel Matheny gives you an idea of what to expect during the Pikes Peak APEX.