My husband, daughter, and I took this tour on a gorgeous day in mid-June (before the fires.) We rode to the top on the cog railway. (Tip, get a seat facing TOWARD the mountain. Then you are leaning back in your seat as you go up. If you are facing the other way, you risk sliding out of your seat!)
Views from the top of the peak were tremendous. We were met by our guides, fitted for bikes, given a safety lesson, and started off on our adventure. It's a little freaky at the top, with steep grades, sharp curves, and not always the luxury of guardrails. You're going REALLY fast. But with a guide in front a a van following, you are very safe. It's not like you are clinging to 6 inches at the side of the road with cars whizzing by.
We were over halfway down, and really getting feel of it, when it went bad. My husband hit his front brakes too hard, when head over handlebars, and broke his wrist when he landed. (Remember that safety lesson at the top? That's exactly what they warned us about.) Our guides, two most excellent gentlemen named Jason and Tyler, were right on the phones calling for help, pulling out the first aid kit, splinting my husband's arm. We were met by a Pike's Peak ranger, who drove my husband to the gate where he was met by the owner, who drove him to the ER.
I want to be clear that this incident was completely an accident and in no way the fault of the guides, Pike's Peak Mountain Tours, or a mechanical failure of the bike.
Any business can get a good review when everything goes perfectly. But it is when things go wrong and are handled well that a business shows their intergrity and professionalism. Our guides and the owner could not have possible been more cariing, helpful, and professional.
Even with the injury, we had a lot of fun on this ride. And my husband said he would do it again - but he'd be careful with the brakes!
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