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Team Optibike Dominates Pikes Peak Climb!

On August 29, both Team Optibike riders tied for first place in the inagural Pikes Peak bike race.  Optibike truly is the King of the Mountain, as the next electric bike to summit was the German made Kalkoff- with a time of 2:29:14, a full 73 minutes behind the Optibikes who finished with a time of 1:46:59.
Over 300 riders entered the inaugural event that covered 24.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,700 feet.  Optibike CEO Jim Turner and Production Manager Kyle Hale rode up so fast that the race officials had literally just finished setting up the timing station at the summit when they arrived.
On the ascent, Jim and Kyle both rode their bikes in ECO mode (~300 watts of power) and were easily able to keep up with Cat 1 cyclists on carbon fiber road bikes.  After a brief chat with them (it was a one sided conversation, as the pros seemed a bit out of breath), Jim and Kyle both dropped the 850R’s into fast mode and quickly lost the pack.
The official race results can be found here:

Pikes Peak Challenge Winners!

In the weeks leading up to the Pikes Peak Race, hundreds of entrants entered the Pikes Peak Challenge in an effort to guess/calculate the time it would take for both Jim and Kyle to ride to the summit.  Thank you everyone who entered!
The 2 First Place winners:
Will both receive a limited edition Optibike cycling jersey, and a 3 month supply of hand roasted Optibike coffee for guessing the closest time for either Jim or Kyle are:
Mr. Scott Thorson of Appleton, WI who guessed 1:45:15 which was only 0:01:24 off of Jim Turner’s actual time!
Mr. Richard Coll of Barto, PA who guessed 1:45:24 which was only 0:01:35 off of Kyle Hale’s actual time!
The Grand Prize Winner:

The Grand Prize Winner guessed the closest time, without going over for BOTH riders in the event.

Mr. Lee Kliman of Idaho will be joining us in Boulder, CO for a visit to the Optibike Factory and a full weekend of electric bike touring in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area just a quick 4000 ft climb over 20+ miles from the shop.

Congrats to the winners and thank you everyone who entered!!

Jim Turner is the Inventor and Founder of Optibike Electric Bikes