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The Pikes Peak APEX will take place on June 7-9 and will impact multiple locations around Colorado Springs, including Palmer Park and North Cheyenne Cañon.

The Pikes Peak APEX, a project of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, is a three-day mountain bike challenge in the Pikes Peak Region with more than 200 cyclists taking part. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA) Trail Stewardship Fund, which dedicates its proceeds back into local trails. Course maps and more information on the Pikes Peak APEX is available at Pikes Peak APEX - Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.

The event is made possible, in part, by $75,000 from the City’s Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART) fund. The sales tax, 2% for lodging and 1% for automobile rentals, is used to attract visitors and enhance the region’s economy. The fund is administered by City Council, with the guidance of a Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The fund aims to provide money for marketing and other qualified expenses to support special events that attract visitors to the City and to the Pikes Peak Region, encourage tourist activity, provide economic and cultural benefit, enhance the quality of life in the City and engage the community. 

Traffic and trail impacts during event

Members of the public can expect the following impacts during the race and are encouraged to utilize the alternate trails suggested below.

Friday, June 7 – Palmer Park 

All paved roads and park trails in Palmer Park will be closed until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7. For those interested in participating in this single-day event, onsite signup will be available during packet pickup. More details can be found here

Sunday, June 9 – North Cheyenne Cañon

North Cheyenne Cañon Road and Gold Camp Road at Tunnel One will be closed to all traffic from 5 a.m. until noon on Sunday, June 9. Please note, multiple trails throughout North Cheyenne Cañon will be impacted by the event. Visit Pikes Peak APEX - Colorado Springs Sports Corporation for the list of impacted trails.

Non-participants should use caution, and if not spectating, strongly consider avoiding this area during the race. All racing will conclude by 5 p.m.

Recommended trail alternatives: Ute Valley Park, Pulpit Rock, High Chaparral Open Space, and Sondermann Park, Stratton and Red Rock Canyon Open Spaces.

The community is invited to the Pikes Peak APEX Rider After-Party on Sunday, June 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for live music, award ceremony, food and drinks. 

Learn more by visiting Pikes Peak APEX - Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.

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