I've been living in Colorado Springs for 5 years now. Moved here at the end of the summer of 2018 to start a masters degree in sports nutrition and be closer to the Olympic Training Center with the onset of the beginning of my professional triathlon career. But after a year of school I decided to drop out and just pursue triathlon full time. Since then I've transitioned from racing draft legal triathlon into focusing on the half Ironman distance. Took me a little while to get a lay of the land here in the Springs, but now I'm very confident that I know all the cool short cuts and good roads to ride. I spend lots of time out on the bike every week and it'd be great to show the front range mountains to people out of town.
We chose CS because I really wanted to ride Pikes Peak. I've been here before, for the last stage of the 2017 Haute Route Rockies but HR didn't do PP that year. I spent 3 days riding with Alex, checking out different areas, exploring like a local. 2 days on my road bike and for 1 day I rented a mountain bike and did some different riding. It was fantastic, Alex is super knowledgable and fun to ride with, and provided some backstory to the different things we saw. I cannot recommend Velo Guide and Alex any more enthusiastically, it's simply the best way to explore new riding areas. It's my first time with Velo Guide and I will not hesitate to do it again. And yes, I did Pikes Peak on my own on the fourth day and it is a beast. Thank you to Alex and VG for a great CS adventure.
Colorado Springs is a bit of a weird place to ride a bike. There aren't many empty country roads and the ones that do exist are through the flat lands south east of town, pretty boring place to go for a bike ride. So although it can be a bit intimidating looking at a map, there are actually a lot of incredible roads that can be strung together into anything from a ten mile cruise to an epic climbing century all in and around town! Not to mention that we have Garden of the Gods park here too, butter smooth pavement, insane rock formation scenery and some delicious twisting roads to rip on. There are many great climbs through the neighborhoods, canyons to explore and always the option to take things off road onto some gravel. Not to mention the incredible number and variety of mountain bike trails to shred! Lots of great coffee shops and brewery's spread all around town too. This is a town that can either make you really frustrated while riding or a place to fall in love with on the bike, it's just all about the roads you chose to ride!