Assault on the Peak

The Big Ride Just Got BIGGER! More Climbing...Less Money.

Summit Cycling Productions, in cooperation with the City of Colorado Springs, The City of Manitou Springs, the U.S. Forest Service and The Pikes Peak Highway, are proud to introduce the inaugural version of “Assault on the Peak”, a cycling event to the top of Pikes Peak. This event will be a timed, non-competitive event for the first 1500 riders wishing to challenge the most famous mountain in America.

The Assault is a fully supported event giving a limited number of cyclist the chance to tackle the hardest climb in North America. The road is being rented for the day and will be entirely closed to non-event automobiles.

The event is being lengthened. We have secured the cooperation of Manitou Springs, the Colorado State Highway Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation in order to start the event in Memorial Park in the center of Manitou Springs. Riders will ride through the City of Manitou and then climb a closed lane of US Highway 24 up Ute Pass to the town of Cascade. From there is approximately 1.5 miles to the original toll gate start. The event is now 24.5 miles up with a total ascent of over 7700 vertical feet....and 24.5 miles down with 7700 feet of descent!

Due to the generous sponsorship of Red Noland Cadillac the cost of the event has dropped to $150 and there is now an option to climb to Glen Cove which is below tree line for just $90. Our great thanks to Red Noland Cadillac. Either ride you choose to do will be the ride of a lifetime!

Summit Cycling Productions, in cooperation with the City of Colorado Springs, The City of Manitou Springs, the U.S. Forest Service and The Pikes Peak Highway, are proud to introduce the inaugural version of “Assault on the Peak”, a cycling event to the top of Pikes Peak. This event will be a timed, non-competitive event for the first 1500 riders wishing to challenge the most famous mountain in America.

The Assault is a fully supported event giving a limited number of cyclist the chance to tackle the hardest climb in North America. The road is being rented for the day and will be entirely closed to none event automobiles.

Participants will ride from the highway toll gate at an altitude of 7500 ft. to 14,115 ft. at the summit. Riders will receive two intermediate time checks as well as a summit finish time. All times will be online from the fastest pro to the slowest leisure rider. They will find 5 rest stops with water, food, restrooms, and bicycle technical support in route. At the summit, there will find a warming building out of the elements. Each rider’s warm clothes bag will be transported to the summit and returned for pickup. There will be food and water, as well as hot food, hot drinks and souvenirs available at the Summit House.
Riders will be allowed to ride down the mountain in controlled groups, secure a seat in one of the downhill vans or opt to ride the train down the other side of the mountain, Any way you go, it will be a once in a life time experience.

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2012 timed run up pikes peak

I would like to test myself as a late 40 triathete and I have a friend. We would like to get the chance to test our selfselves againtst the climb. WHO, WHEN And HOW?
Who's the organizes? When do you meet the peak? How do we get the chance to test our selves against the Pike?

Maybe

that line about "the road will be rented for the day" explains why it's not off limits that day. Renting the road helps explain the "cheap" $150 entry.....

Aside from the rented day,

Aside from the rented day, bicycles can't be ridden on the highway. I called the city a few years ago about this, and the woman I spoke with claimed it was for safety. This was before the road was fully paved, so maybe that'll change someday, although I doubt it. I'd be happy to pay the full toll fee for the opportunity to ride Pikes Peak

Not quite--you can ride down

Not quite--you can ride down the Peak Highway with a company from Manitou but you must ride between their vans. http://www.bikepikespeak.com/pricing.html Just pay the $105 and away you go.

BTW looks like Tyson and company have let their website domain languish but word on the street is that there will be a road race in conjunction with the tour this year. The road race almost happened in 2010 but with it being a USAC event and not an ACA one, nobody in their right mind thought it could be successful--evidently that thinking has now changed since the ACA has come back into the fold. Well that's one positive thing from the re-merger. I wonder what the cost of the race will be considering the 2011 Assault cost me $150.

Still off limits to cyclists??

I wasn't sure if anybody knew if the highway was still closed to cyclists. I figured since they widened the road in places and completed the paving last fall, then they would begin to allow riders. Seems pretty bad pr if Evans allows cyclists and Pikes does not when they both have a "paved" road to the top!

C'mon having bikes descending

C'mon having bikes descending between two vans going the speedlimit (15 to 25 mph) causes virtually no impact to automobile traffic nor creates a safety issue for the cyclist. However, a cyclist going uphill tacking back and forth across the lane at 3 mph is a legitimate concern. So which one is the larger concern? Duh!

Between two vans?

Is that how it works? You must work for the company. Would opening the road cut into your business?

Tacking back and fourth? Even somebody who can barely ride a bike isn't going to swerve out into the road when there is traffic...any more than distracted motorists swerve all the time.

Cyclists have ridden up and down Mt. Evans with cars for years without incident, so I would appreciate your explanation for why allowing paying cyclists on the road would be unacceptably dangerous.

"unacceptably dangerous"

"unacceptably dangerous" thanks for putting words in my mouth--maybe you should go back and read what I wrote. However just in case your reading comprehensive isn't quite up to par I'll give you a clue "legitimate concern" does not equal "unacceptably dangerous". And BTW I don't work for the tour company but I've ridden the peak a number of times including some races back in the mid 90's as well as the assault this past year--how many times have you ridden the Peak?

Pikes Peak is significantly steeper above tree line than Mt Evans in fact the last 5 miles at the Peak rises ~1755 feet where as Mt Evans last 5 miles only rises ~1082 feet. The last two miles is even a march larger discrepancy with the Peak having a rise of 916 feet to Mt Evans 405 feet. So IMO Pikes Peak is clearly physically more demanding than Mt Evans near the summit hence the concern about folks tacking back and forth thereby causing a potential "legitimate concern".

If you had ridden both Mt Evans and the Peak I'm sure you would agree that these two climbs are significantly different.

Pike's Peak

True possibility of the "the Peak" being open, it is being explored and Colo. Spgs City council will be taking a hard look at opening it up to cyclist. If you think Evans is difficult, well there you have it.

Really??? That is really

Really??? That is really exciting. I would be happy to pay for the opportunity to ride up Pikes Peak. If it were open this year, I can't imagine I'd do it any less than three or four times. This made me day!

REALLY

This was from a very recent email, contact your representative, or hell any of them

Thank you for your message about bicyclists and the Pikes Peak Highway.

While Council has not yet been presented with any information on allowing bicycles on the Pikes Peak Highway, our Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has discussed the possibility of opening the Highway to unrestricted bicycle use. I understand the Board will make a recommendation after reviewing policies for similar roads, evaluating the safety concerns, and conducting public hearings.

There are significant safety concerns since the road is narrow, there are areas with little or no shoulders or guardrails, and tourists who are not used to mountain driving are on the road. However, I will support the opening to bicyclists if recommended by the Pikes Peak Highway and city staff. I'm not sure if this will be a Council decision or a decision by the Mayor and his staff.

Sincerely,

Bernie Herpin
Council Member District 4
City of Colorado Springs
(719) 385-5492 (Council Office)