A brand new mountain bike racing occasion with a mission to drive financial impression and enhance trails and open areas all through the Pikes Peak area is able to roll at Palmer Park Sept. 24.
The Pikes Peak APEX is a four-day mountain bike problem and is a venture of the Pikes Peak Outside Recreation Alliance — a nonprofit collaborative of companies, nonprofits, authorities companies and people that promotes native out of doors recreation actions.
It should function the most important mountain bike prize purse in North America for 2020, in line with a information launch asserting the occasion, which shall be cut up between the highest women and men finishers.
Completed Colorado Springs cyclists Katie Compton and Russell Finsterwald are scheduled to take part.
“I’ve all the time loved multi-day races and having this one so near dwelling on trails I get to journey steadily is fairly nice,” Compton mentioned within the launch. “The levels are difficult and can make for some laborious racing, however the views will make the struggling a bit of extra manageable.”
Extra individuals have been utilizing the area’s trails and open areas as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the discharge mentioned, “prompting elevated significance to fund their upkeep and connectivity.”
Pikes Peak APEX’s mission to drive financial impression resulted within the creation of a brand new PPORA Stewardship Fund, which is able to “deliver consideration and motion to the Pikes Peak area’s path system and surrounding lands for a number of makes use of and customers,” in line with the discharge.
“We launched the Pikes Peak APEX to not solely strengthen financial impression within the area, but additionally showcase the Pikes Peak area’s out of doors recreation and place it as an internationally acknowledged endurance sports activities vacation spot,” mentioned Becky Leinweber, government director of PPORA.
As a result of pandemic, a number of precautions shall be taken to make sure security for members, organizers and bystanders. Dr. Michael Roshon, the chief medical officer of USA Biking, has been employed as its medical director and the occasion’s safety plan will adhere to state and native tips and laws.
The Pikes Peak APEX was designed to create as little disturbance as attainable to automobile visitors and companies, the discharge mentioned, however it is going to impression some common path utilization, together with in Palmer Park, the place trails shall be closed a lot of the day Sept. 24 to non-participants.
The Rampart Vary space and Bear Creek Park shall be effected from Sept. 25-27.
Organizers of the race ask bystanders to keep away from gathering at the beginning and end areas of the race routes.
“For the reason that routes are massive, single loops, they will watch with their household or associates at distanced positions alongside the path and cheer on the members,” the discharge mentioned.
A full route map is offered here.