Trailblazer | 5056 pts
In preparation for the Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Race, I rode my mtb from Manitou Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak via Barr Trail. From the bottom to Barr Camp the trail is very ridable, an excellent workout. About a mile or so past Barr Camp the rocks imbedded in the trail get much bigger and, with the decreasing oxygen, grade gets steeper, and dirt gets looser, the trek turns into a hike-a-bike session - long and grueling, especially wearing Sidi cycling shoes with pedal cleats. But then about 100 yards from the summit the trail becomes ridable again. It's totally cool when the flatlander tourists see you ride up. I saw 3 different video cameras pointed at me and several still camera shots. Then numerous came over to ask all about journey. Talk about an ego booster. Great trail. Barr Camp is a life saver for water. The descent is just about as painful as the ascent, considering how fatigued from going up. Going down you realize just how steep it is. Be prepared to buy a new set of break pads after the descent. Good luck.