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    Pikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy

    Working in Colorado Springs for several weeks, and have been staring hungrily at Pikes Peak every morning and night and wishing the snow cover gets less and less. Well today - the weather and forecast and ability to get transported to the summit - all fell into place for me.

    This ended up being an EPIC ride of immense proportions!! Whatever it is you do - there is always one 'dream' that you have - and unfortunately 99.9% of people don't ever get to do them. Well for me - it was high alpine riding. Add a descent of 6,000+ft with ZERO road riding on singletrack, river crossings, mountain shadow riding, massive technical trail sections, stunningly beautiful scenery... Today I had everything fulfilled!

    Elk Park Trail (652) to Barr Camp for break. Barr Camp trail into Manitou Springs.

    Elk Park Trail to Barr Camp was the best trail I have ever ridden. It has it all. I did not see another person from the start of Elk Park Trail, until lunch at Barr Camp. And the Elk Park trail had everything!! Best individual trail I have ever ridden - not the hardest - but has everything and some of the best singletrack descents I have ridden.

    Barr trail was a HUGE blast. Fast with so much rock and roots to fly over. A few hikers, but really maybe 10-15 the ENTIRE Barr Trail. The very bottom of Barr Trail (final couple hundred feet) was all largely spaced steps - but even that was fun in its own way. But from Barr Camp down until the very end was incredible - albeit different - than Elk Park Trail.

    6,000 ft, 3.5-4 hours with lunch and photo stops all the time (I wore out my camera battery) HAHA.

    In 20+ years MTB, this was the best day I have ever had on a bike.

    Here are a few pics.Pikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-021.jpgPikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-025.jpg

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    Pikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-048.jpgPikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-041.jpgA few more

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    Pikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-060.jpgPikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-062.jpgPikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-065.jpgOppppps, sorry - figuring out how to add pictures.

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    Pikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-086.jpgPikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-092.jpgPikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-087.jpgPikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-126.jpg

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    Pikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-144.jpgPikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-160.jpg

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    Pikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-165.jpgPikes Peak Epic - Sept 29/13 - Pic Heavy-pikes-peak-sept-29-2013-167.jpg

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    Good stoke! Now did you happen to GoPro it to memorize this epic?

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    Nice Simon! I'm glad you had a good time!

    I'll put up a post today about the Palmer Park ride on Wednesday--I hope you're still able to attend!

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    Fantastic!! That is one hell of a ride, glad you enjoyed it!

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    Thanks for sharing. FYI: Epic is when you ride up from Manitou and make it an out and back. That makes for a brutal day, and only way I have ever done it. Need to get someone to offer me a shuttle!

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    It was amazing... Simply nothing like it.

    Pastajet - your epic and my epic are WAY different... Your epic is the definition of impossible to me! Drawing a 7 hr circle from where I live out east, our largest elevation change mountain is 800 ft. So throw in the fact I love food, the more ribs and bbq the better - and the fact I have max vertical 800 ft to 'practice' climbing on - even contemplating climbing 6,000+ ft, then descending - is completely unfathomable to me HAHAHA!

    Lets say I think of my trip as epic - your up and back as other-worldly!!

    Hopefully weather holds - I would do that next weekend again in a heartbeat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNormsk View Post
    Good stoke! Now did you happen to GoPro it to memorize this epic?
    I packed for 3 1/2 weeks here - did pretty well not forgetting much, EXCEPT my Contour!!

    Urghhhhh.

    Oh well That's why I took about 150 pictures!! HAHA.

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