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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby Theodore » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:56 pm

tlongpine wrote:This is outstanding news. I've always wanted to spin up that road!


I'm piecing together a road bike... Kansan's attack Pike's next year? Does that count as a 'climb'? :D

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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby madbuck » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:08 pm

Theodore wrote:
tlongpine wrote:This is outstanding news. I've always wanted to spin up that road!


I'm piecing together a road bike... Kansan's attack Pike's next year? Does that count as a 'climb'? :D



When in doubt, go higher...or read a 14er guidebook in the bathroom.

For the latter, here is what Gerry Roach said about "climbing" a mountain:

Gerry Roach wrote:A good minimum criterion for climbing a peak is that you should gain a vertical height under your own power equal to your peak’s rise from its highest connecting saddle with a neighbor peak.


And he also mentioned biking explicitly (in this case, with respect to Mt. Evans):

Gerry Roach wrote:This is the easiest route up Evans, but it is long and high. Start at the Echo Lake Trailhead and walk, run, ski or bike up the Mount Evans Road.


Good enough for me!

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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby Tory Wells » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:15 pm

FWIW, I highly recommend a triple chainring for those wanting to ride Pikes. The grade is steep and unrelenting for pretty much the whole 25 miles (starting from Manitou Springs), save for a few spots of easier grade here and there. Pikes is much harder than Evans. But the pavement is also much better than Evans, so the descent is a lot more enjoyable.
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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby Vincopotamus » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:54 pm

Tory Wells wrote:FWIW, I highly recommend a triple chainring for those wanting to ride Pikes. The grade is steep and unrelenting for pretty much the whole 25 miles (starting from Manitou Springs), save for a few spots of easier grade here and there. Pikes is much harder than Evans. But the pavement is also much better than Evans, so the descent is a lot more enjoyable.



Wise words for us mortals, but check out Justiner's trip report about his ride up Pikes and Evans this September. Dude's an animal!
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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby Tory Wells » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:47 pm

Vincopotamus wrote:
Tory Wells wrote:FWIW, I highly recommend a triple chainring for those wanting to ride Pikes. The grade is steep and unrelenting for pretty much the whole 25 miles (starting from Manitou Springs), save for a few spots of easier grade here and there. Pikes is much harder than Evans. But the pavement is also much better than Evans, so the descent is a lot more enjoyable.



Wise words for us mortals, but check out Justiner's trip report about his ride up Pikes and Evans this September. Dude's an animal!
http://gdmbr.justinsimoni.com/2012/10/mountain-playgrounds.html

Wow: animal indeed. Quite an accomplishment, Justiner. =D>
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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby Theodore » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:12 pm

Tory Wells wrote:FWIW, I highly recommend a triple chainring for those wanting to ride Pikes. The grade is steep and unrelenting for pretty much the whole 25 miles (starting from Manitou Springs), save for a few spots of easier grade here and there. Pikes is much harder than Evans. But the pavement is also much better than Evans, so the descent is a lot more enjoyable.


Might need to take my mtb then.... Dunno if I can find a large enough cogset with my standard 2 ring setup for 14er climbin!

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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby ezabielski » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:00 pm

Theodore wrote:
Tory Wells wrote:FWIW, I highly recommend a triple chainring for those wanting to ride Pikes. The grade is steep and unrelenting for pretty much the whole 25 miles (starting from Manitou Springs), save for a few spots of easier grade here and there. Pikes is much harder than Evans. But the pavement is also much better than Evans, so the descent is a lot more enjoyable.


Might need to take my mtb then.... Dunno if I can find a large enough cogset with my standard 2 ring setup for 14er climbin!


Depends how strong a rider you can be in the 28.

Does anyone know the maximum grade on Pikes Peak road?

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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:06 pm

According to this, max grade is 10.5% and average is 6.7%.
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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby geojed » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:22 pm

Here's a elevation profile and % grade profile for the Pikes Peak highway. It has max grade as 18-19% 1.28 miles from the toll booth.
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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby justiner » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:04 pm

Also of interest if you have a MTB is the Ring the Peak trail system,

http://www.fotp.com/ringthepeak/index.html
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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby Tommy Dorr » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:33 pm

Kick ass climb for sure and quite a long day in the saddle. We took the MTB's and bombed Elk Park to Barr Trail and back to Manitou. On the five miles from the summit to Glen Cove, you can blow past cars like they're parked. I recommend maxing out your psi for the ascent, just don't forget to dump it at the top. I went in Sept when they had it open for the test. I'm the dude on the left.
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Re: Pikes Peak Highway opening to bikes year-round

Postby Tory Wells » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:05 pm

I'm not so sure that it kicks up to 18-19%. It's just not that steep. I think Jim's posted stat of 10.5% for a max grade is more accurate. But since it stays around that 8-10% grade for so long, that is what makes it so hard.
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