Bikes are normally not allowed to climb to the top of Americas most famous peak. But once a year, 1,500 fortunate riders can make the climb, approximately 7,000 feet in 18 miles, to 14,115 feet altitude - see http://www.ridepikespeak.com/Pikes_Peak/Introducing.html
The Pikes Peak is situated in Colorado. This climb belongs to the Rocky Mountains.
Starting from Manitou Springs, CO,
the Pikes Peak ascent is 30 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1932 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 6.4 %.
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Took part in the first hill climb race up Pikes Peak. Did not know what to expect in terms of the grades and weather conditions on the course (not from Colorado) - I guess the local riders had a one up on me. Anyways, the turnout for the inaugural hill climb up this fabled mountain was less than expected (about 300 racers?) but nevertheless entertaining. There were tandems, unicycles (yes, no BS), electric bikes (I''m serious there too) and something that resembled an elliptical trainer! And yes, there were regular road bikes as well - this is after all - Colorado...Well, I have to tell you, the course is tough! The first part thru Manitou Springs was quite easy but as the race continued up the 40km climb, it got increasingly more difficult. How about 5kms of gravel at 9% avg grade? And that was at mid distance.....the last 10km to the summit were the most difficult...consistent 10% grades at over 12,000'' & the wind gusting like a hurricane - yes I had to walk up some of the steeper pitches. After 5 1/2 hours at last the summit. Superb ride, considering the road is closed to bikes any other time, this is a must do.
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