Looks like I’m not the only one impressed by the sight of bicycles on the summit of Pikes Peak today. The summit elevation is 14,115 feet. More than a mile below, Colorado Springs sits at 5,994 feet. The Pikes Peak Highway begins 15 miles west of the Springs at 7,400 feet and from there it’s 19 miles — up — to the summit.
Even in my best days as a teenage cyclist, I would never have considered such a ride. Of course these may be electric bicycles; I can’t tell. And these guys might even have gotten a ride to the top, intending only to ride down. (Unlikely. That’s so un-Colorado.)
I’ve lived here for 17 years and am still blown away by what some of the locals consider a walk in the park. Nineteen miles of up … Nope. Not gonna do it