2020 Winners

Rider Spotlight: Robbie Day

Robbie Day, 2020 APEX 2nd Place Overall Winner

Sporting some of the best hair in the business, U23 rider Robbie Day surprised himself with a second place overall finish at the very first Pikes Peak APEX. The leading U23 rider is part of the Bear National Team, under the tutelage of Julia Violich, where aspiring elite riders receive the support they need to succeed at the highest level, focusing on personal growth, team work, communication, and comradery.

Rider Spotlight: Rose Grant

Rose Grant, 2020 APEX Stage 1 Winner in Palmer Park

An evening at Rose Grant’s Montana home might be spent over a warm bowl of deer chili and a thick slice of homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. With a much different origin story and unique approach to training, Rose isn’t your typical professional mountain bike racer.  In fact, if you asked her to describe herself, she’d first say, “I’m a mom.”

Rider Spotlight: Chris Carmichael

Chris Carmichael riding Stage 1 of the 2020 APEX
We spent some time last month catching up with renowned endurance coach, Chris Carmichael, who finished 3rd in the Master’s 60+ category at last year’s APEX. Founder of Carmichael Training Systems (CTS), Carmichael was an Olympian and professional cyclist before embarking on a coaching career and founding CTS in 2000.

The BEET: Episode 1 with Celeste Cannon

Celeste Cannon, Stage 1 of 2020 APEX
Episode 1 features Celeste Cannon, 2nd place finisher in the Women’s 40+ category at last year’s Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox, who just happens to be the two-time reigning Colorado State XC Champion. Celeste tells us what she is doing differently this season to prepare. It’s something all of us should be tuned in to! Take a look, and bear with us..it was a little windy when this was shot.

Emily & Kerry Werners’ Not-so-Outsider Perspective on Where to Eat in COS

When you choose a place to vacation, whether it involves a multi-day mountain bike event or not, knowing the best places to indulge in the local scene is paramount! Emily and Kerry Werner give us some good ideas to get started!

Rider Spotlight: Russell Finsterwald

Russell Finsterwald after Stage 3 of 2020 APEX
We caught up with Russell Finsterwald last Friday, at the end of a long training week to reminisce about the inaugural race. He revels us in the feeling of hitting Captain Jacks at race speed, dishes his favorite post ride nosh spots and issues a challenge to anyone and everyone coming to Colorado Springs this September!

Rider Spotlight: Chloe Woodruff

Chloe Woodruff riding in Stage 4 of 2020 APEX

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.

2020 APEX After Party

If you missed After Party for The Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox, we brought back Dave Towle to host and interview some of the top riders and get their stories from the race at the front. Dave talked to XTERRA World Champs, Bradley Weiss and Josiah Middaugh to get their thoughts about 'real' mountain bike racing.