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Start Time & Place: Saturday, September 3rd, 2016. 7:00am

Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs, CO
Please park legally in Manitou Springs! You may need to ride 5+ min to Soda Springs Park after parking farther from downtown, so please allow time for this in your planning.

What: Ride around Pikes Peak on the Ring the Peak Trail system

Aid Stations: Not this year. We’ve experimented with this in the past, and it was fun to have as a change. But in keeping with the nature of this ride, we are going to be aid station-less again in 2016, so bring what you need for the entire loop!

Maps Suggested: Pikes Peak Atlas, Ring the Peak Trail System – maps available for download online or for purchase at Mountain Chalet in downtown Colorado Springs.

GPX of Suggested Route: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8gTPkzY6nlaMGhVZEthcVF1M0U/edit?usp=sharing

The Ring the Peak 100(ish)k is an unofficial mountain bike challenge taking place in Colorado Springs, CO as part of the Colorado Endurance Series. This is not an organized race or sanctioned event. It is similar in format and spirit to events such as the AZTR 300/750, Hardcoere 100, and other self-supported events.

All that is provided is a commonly used route, a suggested start time and tabulation of finishing times provided by riders. There is no race organization, no checkpoints, no support system, nothing. You are completely on your own. The route description/maps page contains a few tips with regards to logistics (water, etc) and timing (the aim is to finish in one day).

You’re welcome to ride the route at any time. A suggested start date is provided if you want others to ride with/against. If you want your time listed with other riders on the blog, you will need to adhere to the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Rules & Regulations  as listed here. You should also adhere to the guidelines of self supported travel as outlined in the SWES site. It is your responsibility to know, understand and follow these rules.

There are no rewards for completing this, except for the immense sense of accomplishment you should feel, the fact that you’ve been able to enjoy the glorious beauty of this vast and underappreciated land.

This is intended to be NON-COMMERCIAL, Recreational-Use Activities that are held on parts of USFS lands in compliance with USFS Special Use Rules and Regulations.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello,
    I was down in the springs this last weekend to ride some of the RTP trail. Two things that were concerns for our group. 1-at the top of the Ute trail, just before you ride down to HWY-24, the is a large no trespassing sign. 2-At the beginning of the Mt. Esther trail, there is a sign that states, “Foot traffic only.” Based on everything we have read about this trail, we went on past both of those barriers. We weren’t there to break any rules, but just wanted to enjoy the trail as described here and on other internet postings from individuals. Is there somewhere we can get clarification on whether we can lawfully ride these sections?
    Thanks

    1. Hi John, thanks for checking on those two areas. As far as I can tell, as long as you make that right and head down Longs Ranch Road to Hwy 24, you should be ok – beyond that point is most likely private property. And on Mt. Esther, we ensure that we are all carrying our bikes to the top of that one to maintain the “foot traffic only” designation. In the many years this event has been running, we have never had any issues with those two spots. Glad you got out on the trail!

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