Jim Rutberg

Trail Etiquette 101: Sharing the Trails at Mountain Biking Events

Sharing the Trails
No matter whether you are competing for the $25,000 in prize money at The 2022 Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox, racing to win your age group, or riding to have a great adventure, we want every rider to have a safe and fun experience. It is also important to be good stewards of the area trail systems and good trail citizens. Here is a primer on rider etiquette for mountain bike racing so we can all go hard, race competitively, and still be friends at the end of the day.

Hone Your Mental Skills for Big Mountain Bike Rides

Managing Pre-Race Anxiety
The physical side of training gets the lion’s share of attention, but when athletes are evenly matched in power output, technical skill, and VO2 max, mental skills can make all the difference. Whether you are racing to win, pursuing a personal best, or riding at party pace, a mountain bike stage race like the Pikes Peak APEX presents unique mental challenges. Just as you train your body to prepare for the miles and technical challenges, it is wise to use time during training and tune-up races to hone your mental skills.

Packing for The APEX

What to Bring to The APEX
What should you bring to The APEX in September? Whether you are coming to Colorado Springs, Colorado to race for one day or ride all four, you’re in for a treat. September typically has some of the best weather of the year: crisp and cool mornings, warm afternoons but not too hot, low probability of afternoon thunderstorms, and bright yellow leaves on the aspens. That said, The Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox is also at altitudes between 6,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level and Rocky Mountain weather can change very quickly.