Cycling Hill Climb scheduled for Aug. 24

Colorado 173The Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb will take place Aug. 24, organizers announced this week.

The event will cap Colorado Springs Cycling Week, which will take place from Aug. 18-24. Festivities will include a number of cycling events highlighted by the USA Pro Challenge. Stage 4 takes place in and around the City of Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 21.

The Hill Climb is the same 20-kilometer course that automobiles and motorcycles use in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb each summer.

In addition to the USA Cycling-sanctioned races, organizers offer a Fun Ride open to all cyclists. Length of the Fun Ride will be 5K, 10K or the full 20K.

During the event, the Pikes Peak highway is closed to automobile traffic, and there will be fully supported rest stops to assist cyclists in their quest to reach the summit.

The event will be part of the 2014 Rocky Mountain State Games menu of sports event for Colorado athletes of all ages and skill levels.

The starting point sits at 9,390 feet in elevation; the 5K finish line is at 9,960 feet, making the vertical gain 570 feet. The 10K finish line sits at 11,440 feet, with a vertical gain of 2,050 feet. The summit, at 14,110 feet is the finish for the 20K, for a vertical gain of 4,720 feet.

The maximum grade is 10.5 percent.

The Fun Ride starts at 6 a.m., with the USA Cycling races starting one hour later.

Online registration will open late January at www.coscycling.com.

Course records are held by Colorado Springs residents LeRoy Popowski at 1:08:36.8, and Katie Compton at 1:30.46.1.