Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox: Update on the Impact of Coronavirus and Our Event
Colorado Springs, CO, March 17, 2020 - We have been closely watching developments of the COVID-19 virus and impacts to our community and beyond. This is a challenging time for everyone, and we understand it raises many questions including whether events will go on as planned. As we see our fellow race organizers (understandably) cancel cycling events, we understand this is a tough time for them as well as the thousands of participants who had been diligently preparing to race in these events.
At this time the Pikes Peak APEX, a 4-day world-class mountain bike event, will still be held on September 24-27, 2020. We are hoping that the outbreak of the virus will plateau by the summer and we will all be back to racing in the fall. No one knows what will happen, but we feel we are well-placed on the calendar to give us as much time as possible for the virus to die down. We will be watching everything carefully and working with local authorities to make sure we are keeping the best interests of our riders, staff and community as we move closer to our event dates. We will follow all federal, regional, and local guidelines on event cancellations or functions of the APEX. We plan on making another statement in July to update these plans, but at this time we are moving forward with the event.
A note on entry fees and refunds in the different scenarios that we may see happen:
- Plan A (most likely): We hold the event as planned and our refund policy is here: https://www.pikespeakapex.com/ride-apex Let’s Rock!
- Plan B: We are forced to postpone the event into October or even early November. There could be a couple of course changes as we are starting to get into winter up high on Pikes Peak, but we will still run a 4-day event in 2020 if possible. In this scenario we will do one of two things if you can’t make it—either give you a 2021 entry at no additional charge (including service fees, even if 2021 prices increase), OR refund 90% of your entry fee (not including BikeReg service fees). Not perfect, but giddy-up anyway.
- Plan C (least likely): We are unable to run an event in 2020. In this case, we will either give you a 2021 entry at no additional charge (including service fees, even if 2021 prices increase) or give you 100% of your entry fee back (not including BikeReg fees). Bummer, but that’s the way it goes.
Whatever the case may be, we want you to know that your entry fee is safe whether you have already registered or if you are planning on registering before the price increases July 1.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to directly email the Executive Director for the Pikes Peak APEX, Micah Rice.
Thank you, and we STILL hope to see you in September!
Executive Director, Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance