Pikes Peak Region Adventure Tour
Q: WHO IS INVITED: Anyone with a street legal Adventure Motorcycle is invited.
Q: WHAT: Adventure Motorcycle Tour through the Heart of the Rocky Mountains
Q: WHEN: Monday June 27th to Friday July 1st 2016
Q: WHERE: Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, South Platte River, Continental Divide, Headwaters of the Arkansas, Rio Grande and Colorado Rivers, Cripple Creek, Back to Colorado Springs.
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?
A sense of adventure and common sense.
*If you have to ask if you can ride your motorcycle over some high mountain passes and survive, you probably don’t have the knowledge or skills to do it. People who can do it safely already have informed themselves based on past experience and are confident enough in their skills and machinery that they don’t have to ask. If you have to ask, don’t do it, even if you have ridden all of the toughest trails in Iowa…
* This does not by any mean don’t ask questions. It means if you question your riding skills this may not be the ride for you.
Q: WHAT IS INCLUDED? 4 night’s Double Occupancy lodging. 8 meals (Dinner& breakfast for 5 days)
GPS tracks, Roll Charts, Luggage portage, Outriders, Support Vehicle, T-shirt, Pikes Peak Pass, and a 1 Day fishing License. Monday night private Bus to Manitou Springs, Tuesday Night Adult Beverage’s, fishing on a Gold Medal River, Alpine Lake Fishing on Wednesday, Gold Mine Tour on Thursday, Campfires each night.
Q: WHAT IS THE COST? If you’re an AMA member, Sign-up and receive a 15% Discount on the entire $999 package. AMA members pay only $849. You can take $50 off each night if you choose to camp Tuesday and Wednesday at exclusive private campgrounds. AMA members who choose to Camp 2 nights pay only $749. We can portage your camping gear. Monday and Thursday nights we will stay at the former private residence of the founder of Colorado Springs and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad’s William Jackson Palmer’s 300 acre Glen Eyrie Estate. Secure Truck parking behind guarded gates on the premises is included for the entire tour.
Q: Cost for a Passenger? $425 and includes single occupancy rooms, rider and passenger stay in their own room. 8 meals. T-shirt, Pikes Peak Pass, Monday night Bus ride to Manitou Springs, Tuesday night adult beverages, 1 Day fishing License on a Gold Medal Trout River, Alpine Lake Fishing Wednesday, Gold Mine Tour on Thursday, campfires. Passengers are included in the discounted camping for the rider if you choose to camp.
Q: Do I have to be an AMA member? You do not have to be an AMA member to participate in Exit Tours Recreational rides. Though we strongly encourage you to support the AMA with your membership. You must be an AMA member if you want a chance to win a Yamaha Super Ténéré as this a Round of the Yamaha Super Ténéré AMA National Adventure Riding Series. Through member clubs and promoters, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world.
American Motorcyclist Association
Q: Do I have to be an Exit Tours Motorcycle Club member? No. Our 2016 rides are for anyone who enjoys riding motorcycles. ETMC Membership is only $20.00 for 2016. There is no qualifying or probation period to become an Exit Tours Motorcycle Club member and there are no required meetings or work days associated with your membership — just join and ride!
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• Lodging is double occupancy at upscale Glen Eyrie.
• Castle rooms or single occupancy available for an additional $100 / night
• Lodging at Hartsel Springs is in multiple shared Rustic Cabins.
• Single occupancy in the Lodge is an additional $75 at Hartsel Springs
• *Camping or cot in party barn option is available at Hartsel Springs.
• *Camping or cot option is < $50 for the night.
• Hartsel is an exclusive location for the Pikes Peak Region Adventure Tour
• Lodging at Ponderosa Lodge is rustic and double occupancy.
• All rooms have own shower and bathroom. Cash bar on-site.
• *Camping option is available at private campground on-site.
• *Camping option is < $50 for the night.
• The Ponderosa Lodge is an exclusive location for the Pikes Peak Region Adventure Tour
• Lodging is double occupancy at upscale Glen Eyrie.
• Castle rooms or single occupancy available for an additional $100/ night
Q: WHAT TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SHOULD I RIDE? Yamaha Super Tenere, BMW GS, KTM Adventure, Triumph Tiger, Suzuki V-Strom, or the like. You should have current registration for your bike, proof of insurance. Rental motorcycles are available from enthusiast shops.
Rent a Ride: http://www.advtourrockymountains.com/home/faq/rent-a-ride
Q: FUEL RANGE AND FUEL STOPS? Approximately 80 miles between fuel stops. 100 mile+ fuel range recommended.
Q: WHY DO THESE RIDES COST WHAT THEY DO? The 2016 Pike Peak Region Adventure Tour is limited to 30 participants because of lodging parameters. There is no economy of scale. But since there will not be 200 riders you are guaranteed a comfortable environment. Liability insurance, sanction and club fees, art, website, web hosting, accounting, book-keeping, facility rentals, printing, T-shirts all add to the cost. Not to mention lodging & meals included with the rides, roll charts, satellite phones, acquiring GPS tracks, tents and trailers and our club members time, fuel, tires and lodging.
Exit Tours M/C is a Colorado non-profit corporation, and we will donate a portion of any proceeds to the Blue Ribbon Coalition.
Q: WHY COLORADO SPRINGS TO HARTSEL SPRINGS RANCH TO THE PONDEROSA LODGE? Colorado Springs sits at the base of Pikes Peak in the middle of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. A beautiful location to live or start an Adventure Tour. Hartsel Springs Ranch sits on the Gold Medal Platte River in South Southpark in an unspoiled sportsmen’s paradise. The Ponderosa Lodge is a Fire Camp and private lodging facility at the base of the Eastern slope of Monarch Pass and the Continental Divide. 10 miles up a dirt road is an alpine fishing lake.
Q: HOW FAR IS IT TO COLORADO SPRINGS?
• 1 Hour South from Denver, CO.
• 5 Hours South from Casper, WY.
• 5 Hours East from Grand Junction, CO.
• 5 Hours Northeast from Santa Fe, NM
• 6 Hours Northwest from Amarillo, TX.
• 7 Hours West from Topeka, KS.
Q: WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN LATE JUNE? June is one of the nicest times of year in Colorado. Trees will have budded in Colorado; it will usually will rain in the afternoons, which will make the dirt moist and the traction excellent. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 70′s, very low 80′s, and nights usually in the 30′s to 50′s. Some snow remains on the ground at higher altitudes.
Q: HOW LONG IS EACH DAY’S RIDE? Monday is less than 100 miles up to the Summit of Pikes Peak. Day’s 2 through 4, 200- 250 miles per day. More than three-quarters 2 track and smooth dirt roads and 1/4 Epic mountain asphalt.
Q: CAN I BRING A PASSENGER? You can certainly bring a passenger. Your passenger should be an AMA member, sign a release and not be afraid of long days in the saddle. Views will be spectacular. There will be no complaints about scenery.
Q: WHERE DO WE PARK OUR TRUCKS IF WE HAUL OUR MOTORCYCLES? Truck parking will be at:
Glen Eyrie Conference Center, Secure Parking behind guarded gate.
3820 N 30th Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/KFgPX
Q: WHY ARE YOU GUYS DOING THIS? The time seems right before we’re all too old to pull something like this off. And Colorado really does have Epic dirt roads, awesome mountain passes and twisty paved ribbons of asphalt, spectacular mountain scenery and enjoyable fishing opportunities.
Q: HOW SHOULD I SET UP MY MOTORCYCLE? Well, there are quite a few rocks, and the mean elevation is 7,000 feet+. We would recommend starting with fresh Dual Sport tires. Check your tire air pressure once you got here, and running it a little higher than normal. Distance between gas stops is not expected to be much more than 80 miles, and most gas stations have snacks. If you have any questions about your motorcycle jetting for altitude, we would suggest you contact Sean Barr at Mountain Tech Motorsports in Buena Vista, BMW of Denver or Apex Sports in Colorado Springs. For Contact Information, click on logo:
Q: WHERE DOES THE RIDE START? Glen Eyrie Estate and Conference Center, 3820 N 30th Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 behind guarded gates at the former private residence of the founder of Colorado Springs and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad’s William Jackson Palmer’s 300 acre Glen Eyrie Estate. Glen Eyrie is just North and adjacent to Garden of the Gods. We will initially meet under an EZ-up tent in the designated parking lot on the Estate for the ride
Check-in for the rooms is not until 3pm Monday. We would like to meet around noon for the ride up to the top of Pikes Peak on Monday, then come back to Glen Eyrie after 3 pm and check-in to our rooms, enjoy the grounds of the estate and rest-up until dinner at the Castle.
Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/KFgPX
Q: WHERE DO WE MEET TO START EACH MORNING? We will meet in the conference room at the Big Horn Lodge for breakfast and a riders meeting at 7:30 am on Tuesday Morning
Riders meeting will be at 7:30 am each morning. Breakfast included with your entry will be available at the Big Horn Lodge at Glen Eyrie. Breakfast and riders meeting will be in the dining room of the Lodge at Hartsel Springs Ranch and the dining room of the Ponderosa Lodge. You will put your gear in the chase trailer in the morning in front of the Lodge each morning before you depart.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS AT THE 2nd DAY FINISH ON TUESDAY NIGHT? Please check-in at the Lodge at Hartsel Springs Ranch when you arrive so we know you are in. We will have your bags in the trailer. We will reserve Motorcycle parking in front of the Lodge or you may ride to your cabin or the camping area. We will have fishing licenses available if you wish to fish. If you have chosen to camp, we will have the Sun Shower you have supplied at the party barn in the sun. Fish, hang out and enjoy the view, enjoy an adult beverage included with the ride. Dinner will be between 6 & 7. All cabins have kitchens. Camping and cots will be by the river and in the Party Barn. We will supply clean porta- potties for those camping.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE 3rd DAY START ON WEDNESDAY? We will meet in the lobby of the Lodge at 7:30am Wednesday for a riders meeting. A hearty breakfast will be served at the Hartsel Springs Lodge. Load your gear in the trailer, then we will head to the small town of Harstell for gas, then make your way to Trout Creek Pass and an Epic Adventure in the Headwaters of 3 Major American Rivers, over spectacular mountain passes on the way to the Ponderosa Lodge.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE 3rd DAY FINISH ON WEDNESDAY? The Day 3 finish will be at the Ponderosa Lodge under 14,000 foot Mt. Shavano. Your bags will be in the trailer outside the Lodge. Once you check-in, you can relax at the cash bar and enjoy the deck with expansive views of the Continental Divide, or take a ride up the North Fork of the South Fork of the Arkansas river and relax and fish at the reservoir, ride up to Billings Lake or explore the area around the Pride of the West Tunnel.
Camping at the Ponderosa Lodge is at a wooded private campground below the Lodge. The indoor pool should be available and we will have your sun showers out in the sun if you’re camping and again will supply clean porta- potties for those who choose to camp..
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE 4th Day START THURSDAY? Breakfast in the Lodge at the Ponderosa Lodge Thursday morning at 7:30 along with a riders meeting. Thursday is a day of riding and Adventure in a part of Colorado few will ever see. Awesome scenery and spectacular views around the Arkansas River. Ride on old rail lines, through tunnels and over curved wooden bridges. Visit the Molly Kathleen Gold Mine and descend below ground 1,000 feet in an included tour and go back in time in Cripple Creek. Once you ride infamous Phantom Canyon and its old railroad tunnels and curved bridges up to Cripple Creek, on the way back to Colorado Springs you’ll ride past the CC&V Gold Mine in nearby Victor on another epic journey on the Old Gold Camp Railroad right-of-way and Old Stagecoach road.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE 4th DAY FINISH ON THURSDAY? Thursday Night we will again stay at Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs at the former private residence of the founder of Colorado Springs and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad’s 300 acre Glen Eyrie Estate. Thursday night we will again dine at the castle, enjoy a campfire, and if enough people want to go to Manitou Springs for adult beverages, we will take a private bus and discuss the ride in Manitou Springs. We will again stay in the Big Horn Lodge. Your gear will be in the trailer in front of the Lodge.
Q: FRIDAY MORNING? Breakfast in the Big Horn Lodge conference room and after breakfast if you wish, throw your bag in the trailer and we will park the trailer in the parking lot and we will bid farewell.
Q: HOW DO I NAVIGATE THE ROUTE? This tour will be self-guided on an un-marked route with GPS Tracks and a Roll Chart. We will also have pre-printed maps. We will have several outriders to assist along the way. We encourage everyone to arrive with a roll chart holder. Only the roll chart will have points of interest and navigation notes.
Q: WHAT IS THE BUDDY SYSTEM? It is what can save your life! If you were riding alone and got off the route and then got hurt, you may not be missed until the end of the day. For this reason we must insist that riders use the buddy system. Obviously 2 (or 3) riders that enter together will be buddies (4 or more should be split into pairs).
BUDDY RIDING PROTOCOL –
1) Don’t lose sight of your buddy for long
2) Don’t make a major turn unless you know your buddy will also
3) If buddies get separated, both go back to the last place they saw each other
Q: WHAT IF I ENTER ALONE? We prefer that you enter with at least one friend, but if you do come alone, you should pair with another rider as your buddy. Buddies may be changed after the 1st day if not well matched.
Q: WHAT MODEL BIKE IS BEST? The prime considerations are comfort and reliability. Your motorcycle must be street-licensed, meet Colorado Vehicle Code requirements, have a spark arrestor, and have a gas range of 80 miles minimum. Remember everywhere you will be riding is 1 to 2 miles up or higher.
Q: WHAT ABOUT SPARE PARTS? You should bring a reasonable amount of spare parts (like a pre-oiled air filter). We will have spare front and rear tires for sale in case someone destroys one, but most people should be able to complete the ride without changing tires.
Q: WHAT ABOUT TOOLS? We will have a toolbox with tire tools, air pump, a bike stand, and chain lube. You should bring any special tools.
Q: DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT? You should have GPS unit, a tank bag map holder and a roll chart Holder. You should carry current registration and proof of insurance. Spare gloves and a jacket.
Q: WHO SERVICES MY BIKE? You must be able to fix your own flats on the road and service your bike at the end of the day. Each rider should carry a spare tube (front works in rear) or plug & patch kit; tire irons, hand pump, and/or air bottles. Every rider should carry a tow strap.
Q: WHERE WILL I GET GAS AND LUNCH? All gas stations have your normal assortment of snacks, and you will need to buy your gas at the gas stations. Lunch is on you at restaurants along the route. Gas stops are around 80 miles apart.
Q: WHAT ELSE? This is a shared group expense Free Club Ride. You are only paying for amenities with the ride, not the ride itself. Roll Charts are available for purchase if you can’t make the ride date for $75.00/ day or if you just want to ride along for a day.
Q: WHO DO I CONTACT IF I WANT TO ATTEND? You can click on the sign up link below and sign up by Pay Pal. Or you can contact us from the contact info link below:
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Links to Lodging Facilities: Glen Eyrie Hartsel Springs Ranch Ponderosa Lodge
Rent a Ride: http://www.advtourrockymountains.com/home/faq/rent-a-ride