Russell Finsterwald

Skarda and Swenson Conquer 2021 Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox

Keegan Swenson
Sports Strategies announces a successful close to the 2021 Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox following 4 days, 120 miles of dirt and over 15,000 feet of climbing. Alexis Skarda and Keegan Swenson, both from Santa Cruz/SRAM, beat strong fields to win the overall general classification at The APEX. The men’s field featured a who’s-who of American mountain bike racing plus EF Education-Nippo riders Lachlan Morton and Alex Howes, while the women’s field ended up being a tight three-way battle between three well-known domestic pros.

2021 Awards

We were back to America The Beautiful Park for the final day - Stage 4: Cheyenne Canyon. Same start line, but this time riders headed towards Cheyenne Canyon and Capt'n Jacks before returning to receive their finishers glass and a non-alcoholic beer from Athletic Brewing Company. After cooling down, everyone met up at Goat Patch Brewing for the APEX Awards & After Party co-hosted by Springs Wealth Group.

2021 Stage 3 Leaders

Today we rolled out of America The Beautiful Park for the Gold Camp stage. Riders were called up to the start line positioned in downtown Olympic City, USA between the bridge to the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum and The APEX Outdoor Festival & Expo. Stage 3 ended with Alexis Skarda and Keegan Swenson leading.

2021 Stage 1 Leaders

After a beautiful day in Palmer Park and an impressive field of riders, Stage 1 ended with Sofia Gomez Villafane in the lead for the women and Keegan Swenson in the lead for the men. Congratulations to both and best of luck to everyone tomorrow for Stage 2.

Sofia Gomez Villafane

Stage 1 Leader

ASSOS USA & Pikes Peak APEX Partner Again for The Hunt

Sports Strategies announces Pikes Peak APEX and ASSOS USA will kick off The Hunt tomorrow, June 15th, when an ambassador will post the first clue on Instagram. Anyone who wants to join the 3-week scavenger hunt should follow @PikesPeakAPEX and @ASSOS_USA on Instagram for clues.

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!

Russell Finsterwald Welcomes Competition From First 2021 Rider to Sign Up

When registration opened for the 2021 Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox, Tom Turney, from Monument, Colorado was the first to sign up. Colorado Springs' own Russell Finsterwald, Men's Overall Winner for 2020, reached out to welcome Tom and ask what's he's looking forward to at this year's event.

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.