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Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb welcomes e-bikes for first time

Posted: 12:20 PM, Aug 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-09 14:44:19-04
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COLORADO SPRINGS — The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb is welcoming electric bicycles for the first time in its ten year history.

Electric Bicycles will be allowed in the non-competitive portion of the event, which is a 12 and a half mile climb up Pikes Peak.

Event organizers say they are keeping up with the rise in popularity with e-bikes.

The bikes use pedal-assist, which means a motor helps give riders an extra boost up the hill.

"So you still have to pedal so they are just assisting you and helping you, giving you a little bit more oomph to get up the mountain or drive around town," said Megan Hutchings, Event Coordinator with Colorado Springs Sports Corp.

"Well it's kind of another category, I think," said John Crandall, owner of Old Town Bike Shop. "So if it helps people commute to work, if it helps them do things they wouldn't normally do, then at that point I think it's pretty neat."

The cycling event is happening tomorrow morning, with the first wave of riders using electric bicycles starting at exactly 6:13 a.m.

You still have a chance to sign up until 8 p-m today by picking up a packet at Hotel Elegante.

More information: coloradospringssports.org