I booked a trip for my boyfriend and I with Challenge Unlimited in mid June 2013. We had already planned to hike up the Flat Irons in Boulder and were driving around Rocky Mountain National Park, so we wanted to experience the mountains a third way: by bike.
I'm a moderately experienced cyclist and he is a novice, but both of us had a blast. Our group was mixed, with an elderly man, a middle aged couple, us in our 20s, and a family with two young (8 ish?) sons. Our guides were fantastic, with one being an older (40s?) gentleman who biked down with us and another guide (a younger man) who followed in the van. Both seemed very professional and enthusiastic. The biking guide went fast enough so those of us who enjoyed speed could ride at our comfort level, but we had frequent enough stops to regroup and keep the slower members of the group included. The van is available to drive uncomfortable people through scarier spots (or all of it if it proves too much).
Be warned that there can be strong winds on Pikes Peak and this is a little unnerving when you are going on windy mountain roads. The guides are there for you if/when you are scared, but families might be better off waiting until their children are 13 or so. That way mom and dad can be relaxed knowing their children won't be blown away.
All in all, we had a lot of fun on our descent off Pikes Peak and I'm hoping that in three to six years I'll be prepped enough to bike up. :D
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