Posted: Sep 4, 2012 5:58 PM by Bill Folsom
Updated: Sep 4, 2012 8:53 PM
"It's a pretty darn exciting day," said Colorado Springs Cycling Club member, Allen Beauchamp."
He was at the Pikes Peak Highway toll gate Tuesday morning as bicyclists lined up to sign waivers and start pedaling to the top of America's Mountain.
For the first time bicyclists are allowed on the road away from tour groups or special events. Many have asked about it in the past and now that the highway is paved top to bottom bikes are getting a one month trial. Managers want to see if bikes and cars can coexist on the road and if cyclists come prepared to deal with the surprises of a 14-thousand foot mountain. "What happens if there's adverse weather? Are they prepared for it? Can they handle it? If there's a challenge, [they] think they can't get up, are they going to stop, turnaround, and be safe?" said Highway Manger, Jack Glavan. There will be an evaluation after the month to decide if bikes can continue riding the road.
Bicyclists have to pay the toll and also sign a waiver. They are not allowed to leave cars at the toll gate. For people transporting their bikes via car the recommended parking is at Crystal Reservoir.