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Pikes Peak APEX

September 21, 2023 @ 8:00 am - September 24, 2023 @ 5:00 pm


The Pikes Peak Apex is a 4-day stage race in Colorado Springs. The Apex is the real deal, with the race attracting pros and amateurs from all over Colorado and the world. Over the four days, riders are timed and are racing for a prize purse of over 40,000 dollars which is one of if not the largest prize purses in a mountain bike race in the United States.

Riders will have four days of epic single-track mountain bike riding from Thursday to Sunday. For riders looking still to join the action of this massive MTB festival, there is also the option of two one-day options to ride the stage race course on Thursday and Sunday.  On Sunday, a bike expo attracts the top local shops, international bike and trial running retailers, and many foods and beer options.

The stage routes change from year to year; however, to give you a sampling of the 2022 course, Stage one was an 11.5 miles time trial with +940 feet of climbing.  Stage four was 28 miles + 3,900 feet of climbing in Cheyenne Canyon and featuring some of the new singletracks in Daniel’s Pass, built with funding from the PPORA Stewardship Fund, made possible by proceeds raised from The APEX. After completing the final stage riders head back to America the Beautiful Park for The APEX After Party. Beer is always waiting for you, compliments of Fat Tire. Celebrate, grab some lunch and enjoy live music all afternoon at the APEX Outdoor Festival!

The Apex hosts some top logistics, so rest assured there will be high-level and stocked aid stations, good trail markings and friendly staff, and most importantly, some world-class single track!  The definite GPS courses of stages one and four have included stages two and three from last year to get some idea of what you might expect for this year.

The Pikes Peak Apex is one of the most well-organized and well-attended mountain bike events/stage races in the United States, from amateurs to pros alike. The Strambecco editing staff highly recommends it.


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