You’ve been doing quite a few home races lately. How does it feel to be racing in Colorado on home roads again?
Lachlan Morton: It’s really fun. There’s something special about throwing the bike in the car and driving to a race. The local scene is on the comeback and I think it’s really important to support every local event possible. The competition is always fierce but the atmosphere is warm and fun.
Alex Howes: Racing close to home is always special. Having friends and family at the races always lifts the spirit and adds so much motivation. It’s an added bonus that we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
Why are you doing the event? How is this going to help you in your preparation for Cape Epic?
Lachlan Morton: The Apex gives us a chance to dial in our equipment, skills and form before Cape Epic. The multi-day format and tough stages are as close to the epic as we can get locally. But really it’s just going to be a bunch of fun racing hard with Howsey and I’d be doing it even if we weren’t heading to South Africa.
Alex Howes: Racing the Apex is a great opportunity to race against some top talent in an MTB stage race format. It’s a big bonus that is close to home. The goal is to gain experience here and learn and improve as we move closer to Cape Epic. I think for Lachy and I, the more time we spend racing mountain bikes, the more we realize how much we have to learn. At this point, it’s crunch time for Cape Epic preparations so the more time we can spend racing, the better.
What stage are you looking forward to?
Lachlan Morton: It’s all new to me which is really exciting. I’ve never mountain biked in the area, so we’ll be flying blind but that always adds to the excitement and ultimately it’s a skill we will need in South Africa.
Alex Howes: I’ve never ridden any of the trails that we’ll be racing on and I’m really looking forward to checking them out. Palmer Park in particular looks to have some really fun terrain.
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