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RIding Up Pikes Peak(5 posts)

RIding Up Pikes Peakej
Jun 15, 2001 7:57 AM
I'm going to Colorado springs in a few weeks and was wondering if this is a good ride. I was thinking of bringing my cross bike since it not paved for the upper parts. Is the cross bike right or can i just ride a road bike?

Thanks for any input

ej
re: RIding Up Pikes PeakCima Coppi
Jun 15, 2001 8:03 AM
I would highly suggest the cross bike over the road bike. The road up Pikes is cut into granite, which leaves gravel too sharp for regular road tires. Also, the gearing on your cross bike will be better for the climb.

Beware the tourists!!!
re: RIding Up Pikes PeakGary M
Jun 15, 2001 2:57 PM
Bikes are not allowed on the Pikes Peak Highway with the exception of one tour company that has a license from the city of Colorado Springs to operate rides (http://www.biketours.com/). I think it is a safety issue since the road is mostly dirt and gravel and heavily travelled by cars during the tourist season. There are mountain bike trails on Pikes Peak that are open.

Road bikers favor Mt Evans, a fourteener, which is paved all the way to the top and is located about an hour west of Denver. I believe there is an annual bike road race on Mt Evans. The road is in good shape and on weekends there are plenty of riders.
Mt. EvansLazy
Jun 15, 2001 3:11 PM
The Mt. Evans hill climb is on July 28th. Here's the entry form:

http://www.americancycling.org/entryforms/july2001/evans4.htm
Mt. Evans is a great raceColnagoFE
Jun 15, 2001 3:45 PM
do it if you are in the area. 1:45 of climbing (to over 14k feet) for the pros and about another 45 minutes for us mere mortals.