COLORADO SPRINGS -- Bikers who hate to pedal uphill can get the
ride of their dreams here.
The Pikes Peak by Bike excursion offered by Challenge Unlimited
gives visitors a chance to coast down one of America's most famous
mountains without the grueling ride uphill.
Offered for the past eight years, the ride begins here at
Challenge Unlimited's office.
Groups are transported eight miles to the mountain's toll gate
and then travel up Pikes Peak by van. At the top, participants
explore the summit and get adjusted to the change of altitude from
6,400 feet in Colorado Springs to 14,110 feet at the mountain's
The firm provides safety gear such as helmets as well as
all-weather gear such as fleece shirts, headbands and mittens to
keep riders warm at the summit, where the summer temperature
generally is between 30 and 40 degrees.
Before heading down the mountain, guests are fitted to their
bikes, then given a safety lesson and instructions on how to use
the brakes and gears on the 21-speed and 24-speed bikes provided by
During the ride, the support vans drive ahead of and behind the
bikers; guides travel with the groups, providing information about
the area and pointing out scenic spots.
"We do stop a lot, especially above the timberline," Challenge
Unlimited's Tini Campbell said.
On a clear day, you can see seven states from the peak, she
The 19-mile ride takes about two-and-a-half hours to complete,
she said, and is suited for inexperienced bikers over age 10.
"If you can sit on a bike you can pretty much do this ride,"
At the bottom of Pikes Peak, the group stops at a
The season runs mid-May through about mid-October, depending on
The morning ride, which includes breakfast at Challenge
Unlimited's office and lunch at the bottom of the peak, is $85 per
person or $75 per person for groups of three or more.
The afternoon ride costs $66 per person and includes snacks.
The firm also offers a ride along the lower gold camp road
between Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek, at a cost of $45 per
person with a snack at the end of the trip.
During the summer, guests should book the Pikes Peak by Bike
excursion a couple of weeks in advance.
The outings are commissionable at 10%.
Phone: (800) 798-5954; (719) 633-6399