Stolen Van!

Yesterday, we had one of our tour vans stolen.

 

The day had begun like any other at Pikes Peak Bike Tours: a group went up the mountain to enjoy the views from the top of Pikes Peak, while Scott, one of our guides, took another group up Gold Camp Road, a long, twisting gravel road that goes deep into the canyon.

 

After the Gold Camp tour guests were on their way, Scott started the van to go back to the shop, but for some reason it wouldn’t turn over, and for some other reason, he could not get the keys out of the van. Stuck on Gold Camp Road, Scott decided to ride a bike down into town and return for the van with a mechanic.

 

1 hour later, Scott and the mechanic were driving up Gold Camp looking for the stranded van. They rounded the last corner and came upon…nothing. The van had been stolen, in broad daylight, in less than hour.

 

A police report, a facebook post alert and 24 hours later, and the van is back. Shockingly, one of our employees from last summer saw the van parked at a sports bar south of town. She thought that seemed like an awfully weird place to see a tour van, so she contacted Dylan. The rest is history. Hopefully not a history that repeats itself!

 

Stolen Van
The stolen van safe again with employees Carson and Cassie. Cassie found the van at the sports bar in southern Colorado Springs.

Pikes Peak Bike Tours and The Exodus Road

Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours has been a longtime supporter of The Exodus Road, an organization based locally in Woodland Park that works around the world to free victims of slavery.

The Exodus Road was initially started by Matt and Laura Parker who had been living and working SE Asia when they became aware of the lack of resources and coordinated services necessary for a successful anti-trafficking movement. The Parkers started The Exodus road in 2011, and since then, it has grown into a global organization that interviews, trains, equips and supports investigators around the world while coordinating with area police and investigative forces to free victims of human trafficking. To date, they have supported 718 rescues around the world.

Pikes Peak Bike Tours has supported The Exodus Road for several years now, making yearly donations to their mission and attending fundraisers when possible. Just this month, Dylan and 9 of his guides attended a fundraising dinner hosted at The Pinery in Colorado Springs.

exodus road
Dylan and Jen with Matt Parker (far right) at the fundraising event this month for Exodus Road

A portion of the profits from Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours goes to The Exodus Road each year. And you thought your bike tour was just for fun!

Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours is Growing!!

2016 marks an important year for Pikes Peak Mountain Bike tours! This year is our 10th season in operation, and it is time to grow and better accommodate our guests!

Dylan Scott purchased the business in 2006, and at the time, it was operating out of portable trailer.

Can you believe this is where it all started?
Where it all started trailer

After a couple years, he was able to move into a small space, about 600 square feet for both bikes and guests.

This space may look familiar for some of you:
2012 remodel

Finally, Dylan is able to expand the shop to over double its size, providing a comfortable space for guests to enjoy breakfast and get ready for their tours as well as a separate area for bike storage and van loading.

Right now we are deep in the remodel, and as usual Dylan is doing most of the work himself. We hope to have the shop ready to go by April!

Faced with a big project? Put your shoulder into it!
before

Bigger at the moment but not yet better!
in process

A couple of our handy guides, Spencer and Jairo, helping build a second level for bike storage:
guides at work

Stay tuned for more pictures throughout the process and for our 10th Anniversary Open House announcement!

Engagement on a bike!

I honestly cannot imagine having a better job than working here at Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours. It absolutely humbles me but yet makes me beam with pride at the same time to hear some stories from our guests on what their bike tour meant to them. I hear so often, “Our bike trip was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!” To take that to a whole other level is when we get people that will come visit Colorado SPECIFICALLY to go on one of our bike tours. Or even better yet, they will come back after going on one last year to ask their girlfriends hand in marriage!! How amazing is that?! We had the honor of experiencing that yesterday with Zac and Allison. They came here from Austin, Texas to do our Bike Gold Camp ride for the second time in as many years. Allison thought the whole time that it was just a great idea and chance to get away from home for a bit. Zac on the other hand had a little something special up his sleeve (or in the backpack as it were). At one of our favorite overlooks on the route Zac asked for Allison’s hand in marriage. They came back beaming from ear to ear as did I when I heard the news. Congratulations to the happy couple and may you truly find your lives together even more beautiful than the incredible place where you got engaged! We’ll see you again soon no doubt!
Engaged

Pikes Peak Bike Tours – Harlem Shake!

I’m sure most of you out there have probably seen the Harlem Shake Video’s that have gone viral over the last couple months.   While we may be a little behind the time on ours, we still wanted to join in on the fun.    We did exactly that.  Everyone had a blast making it and we hope you get a good laugh out of it as well.

Colorado Springs Bike Mechanic’s!

I just wanted to give a plug for an amazing bike mechanic’s school right here in Colorado Springs!  Barnett Bicycle Institute (BBI for short) is one of the most well known bike school’s in the country, and I found out why.   I took their Bicycle Assembly and Maintenance course last week and can attest to the fact that they are truly a great school.  The instructors are all extremely friendly, patient, and most of all have an INCREDIBLE amount of knowledge!  The class is top notch and if you are at all interested in taking a course I highly recommend it!  http://www.bbinstitute.com

After taking the course I promptly set up our shop to aid in working on bikes a little better.

Tools

New Colorado Springs Teambuilding Tour!!!

Well, it’s been a long time coming but I wanted to officially announce our new tour that we are extremely excited about.  We began early this year working on this tour and have taken a few groups out this summer as our “guinea pigs”.    Those rides went very well and the groups were incredibly happy with the tour as a whole.

What is it??  Well as you most likely read in the title, it is a tour designed specifically as a team building event.  The information can now be found on the website here.  This is truly a unique and incredible event that is absolutely perfect for local business’ and school aged groups.  It combines a great adventure with an educational twist.

The idea for this ride came from talking with fellow business owner Jake Topakas of “Jake and Telly’s” which is an incredible Greek Restaurant in town.   He likes to do something fun for his employees every year.  It’s a great idea, as it helps build employee moral and allows the team to bond and just have fun together outside of the workplace.  I basically took that thought a step further into an experience that not only fulfills this need but also adds an educational element to it.  What business owner doesn’t want a more efficient workplace after all?

I’m sure you have probably heard of places you take your team and spend an afternoon working through team building initiatives.   I, in fact, have done of few of these myself and actually think very highly of them.   The reason we are so excited about this unique experience is because it combines those incredible initiatives with an opportunity to experience Colorado in a way that many people do not get to do!   Since we ARE a bike tour company after all… we, of course, combined it with one of our most popular rides, the Bike Gold Camp tour.    The route provides just the right amount of adventure for your group to give them the opportunity to have a truly amazing time together filled with some of the most beautiful scenery the front range has to offer.

Don’t miss out on this one!

 

 

Pikes Peak Video!

We’re excited about out 2012 promo video that we just had put together.  If you’re curious about what it’s like to take a tour with us check it out!   This is certain to be a lasting memory for you!

Coffee that counts!!

Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours is EXTREMELY excited to now be offering free coffee to our guests in the morning. Why are we so excited you wonder?… Well this isn’t just any coffee. It is coffee made by a company called Eurasia Cafe.
Eurasia Cafe makes “coffee that counts”. It specifically exists to help support amazing causes. The blend we will mostly be using is called “Freedom Blend.” The money from the sales of this coffee goes directly to addressing sexual slavery and human trafficking in India.
…and THIS is why we are so excited over coffee!
http://eurasiacafe.org/

A New Colorado Springs Adventure is coming!

That’s right, we are working on an exciting new venture we are excited to kick off.   Here’s a little video of a couple guides, Ken, Rob and myself “working” on it.