Two Sundays ago, six local gentlemen set off on mountain bikes to do what only a handful have done before: ride the entire “Ring the Peak Trail” around Pikes Peak in one day. Three of the riders—Doug Johnson, Scott Boyer and Jon Csakany—spoke with us and shared their photos of the ride in the slideshow above.

Created by and marked byFriends of the Peak over the past decade, the Ring the Peak trail is …

… a collection of trails, four wheel drive roads, and a few paved roads that circumnavigates Pikes Peak The trails cross federal, state, county, city, and sometimes private lands. The total length of the trail system is approximately 63 miles with approximately 80% of the trails completed.

Design and construction is ongoing for the remaining 20%. The altitude ranges between 6,400 feet in Manitou Springs to 11,400 feet in Bull Park, consequently many trails are obscured by snow during the winter months. Ten portals have been designated as access points to the trails, although there are numerous other ways to find your way to the trails.

We recommend their site highly if you want to know more. It has lots of information, links to maps and detailed written descriptions.

We also highly recommend Scott Morris’ excellent blog post and beautiful GPS map of his ride.

 

One Response to 6 bikes, 10,000 vertical feet, 73 miles, 12 hours

  1. [...] interviewed Colorado Springs bicyclist Doug Johnson last month when he and a group of friends did the 73-mile Ring the Peak ride in one day. Not long after [...]

News

September 18, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist rebels reportedly have captured 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria in a major push for territory. The move has prompted fears of a massacre against civilians.
 

LA Johnson/NPR
September 18, 2014 | NPR · Like a good Boy Scout, parents should be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework can make a big difference. Here’s expert advice on how to ace your next parent-teacher conference.
 

Getty Images
September 18, 2014 | WNYC · The New York City schools are overhauling the time, and format, of these conferences in an attempt to add depth and meaning. Among the changes: They’ll be held four times a year instead of just two.
 

Arts & Life

September 18, 2014 | NPR · We’re wrapping up the show with a game featuring the letters R-A-P. All answers contain those letters in consecutive order. For example, “a long-haired lady in fairy tales” is “Rapunzel.”
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · We love low-brow film, but every once in a while, we crave high culture. In this game, we’ve classed up a few famous movie quotes with the names of important historical figures: “I’ll be Bach.”
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · There are words…and then there are super words! Supervocalics are words that include each of the vowels A, E, I, O and U, like “tambourine.” All of the answers in this game share this special power.
 

Music

Folk Alley
September 17, 2014 | FolkAlley · Loretta Lynn, Jason Isbell, Jackson Browne, and more of the most revered artists in roots music performed live from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
 

Vimeo
September 17, 2014 | NPR · A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out’s history and recent decline.
 

Mountain Stage
September 17, 2014 | NPR · The Portland singer counts indie-rock, folk and Celtic musicians among his many collaborators, but here he performs both solo and accompanied by the Mountain Stage band.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab