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!
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.
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!
Can you believe this is where it all started?
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.
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:
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.
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!
Update of trip!
Well I made it to Chicago. Everything has gone great so far. I landed in Connecticut around 6pm and had the van on the road back west by 6:45. Here’s a picture from CT before I left.