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.
Nick Gould set out on the inaugural Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox last year under a bit of controversy at home. His wife was due to give birth to their daughter any day! Luckily he was able to stand on the 2nd step of the Master’s 40-49 podium without missing that special moment.
In the latest Rider Spotlight we catch up with Andrew Morris, who has dreams of racing cross Country World Cups and maybe the Olympics someday. His father, RJ, beams as Andrew’s unfiltered passion for mountain biking spills throughout the room. Last September, Andrew was just 14 years old when he finished 16th in the U23 category at Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox. Now 15, he just won his first National Championship in the Freshman category of USA Cycling’s High School Festival.
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.”
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.