Join us in 2018 for the 19th annual 5 in 1
It’s just before day break, your Harley’s headlights are illuminating the empty interstate and the city’s lights twinkle in the valley. The craggy outlines of Colorado’s Front Range cut like a jigsaw puzzle through the night sky. Sunrise is a little more than an hour away but the parking lot at Pikes Peak Harley Davidson is bustling with activity. You will take off on a ride that will be forever in your memory; witness waterfalls, switchbacks with sheer drops and frontier towns in no hurry to leave the 19th century. As you ride the Rockies you will find some of the world’s most challenging and rewarding terrain for motorcycling and riding over FIVE 10,000-foot mountain passes in a single day is the ultimate goal. Some say this journey on two wheels is for the soul as much as the senses, join us and see for yourself.
2018 PRE PARTY
Friday July 20th from 3 – 6pm at Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson
There will be a pre-party at Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson from 3 – 6pm. During the event, you will receive your registration packet, draw cards for your poker hand, have the opportunity to buy an event t-shirt and/or pins, and also have the chance to explore the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum located in the dealership. Your registration packet will include any pre-ordered/pre-paid t-shirts, your event patch and/or rocker, a map, and your poker card. Food and drinks are also available. Introduce yourself to the Pikes Peak #405 road captains and get a map to help navigate the route on your own or sign up with one of the groups for a led ride and find out what time you will be rolling out. You are encouraged to have your bike inspected by a member of the service department to ensure you are road ready. Most of all, though, you are invited to have a great time!
The Starting Point
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson (PPHD)
5867 N Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
You may ride your own ride or let PPHOG Road Captains show you the way in a group ride. Group rides will be leaving PPHD every ten minutes starting at 5:30am. The last group leaves at 7am. If you would rather ride the route on your own the PPHOG app will have the route available on it and the road captains table will have maps of the route printed out for those who would like one.
Hotel accommodations near PPHD:
Extended Stay America – Colorado Springs West – 1 (866) 276-6393
Comfort Inn – 1(855) 809-3507
MCM Elegante Suites – 1(866) 272-4856
Days Inn – 1(855) 799-6959
Americas Best Value Inn and Suites – 1(866) 279-5332
(approximate: 298 miles / 6 hours)
Tenderfoot Pass is the primary entrance to Cripple Creek Co.
For many years Cripple Creek’s high valley, at an elevation of 9,494 feet (2,894 m), was considered no more important than a cattle pasture. Many prospectors avoided the area after the Mount Pisgah hoax, a mini gold rush caused by salting (adding gold to worthless rock).
On the 20th of October, 1890, Robert Miller “Bob” Womack discovered a rich ore and the last great Colorado gold rush began. Thousands of prospectors flocked to the region, and before long Winfield Scott Stratton located the famous Independence lode, one of the largest gold strikes in history. In three years, the population increased from five hundred to ten thousand by 1893. Although $500 million worth of gold ore was dug from Cripple Creek, Womack died penniless on 10 August 1909.
In 1896 Cripple Creek suffered two disastrous fires. The first occurred on April 25 destroying half of the city including much of the business district. Four days later another fire destroyed much of the remaining half. The city was rebuilt in a period of a few months, most historic buildings today date back to 1896
Tennessee Pass traverses the continental divide north of Leadville in a gap between the northern end of the Sawatch Range to the west and the northern end of the Mosquito Range to the east. It connects the headwaters of the Arkansas River to the south with the upper valley of the Eagle River (in the watershed of the Colorado River) to the north. The pass is traversed by U.S. Highway 24, allowing access between Leadville and Interstate 70 in the Eagle Valley. The pass has a gentle approach on both sides with few steep gradients and no major hairpin curves. The summit of the pass is nearly level. The road over the pass is generally open all year round, easily negotiable by most vehicles, and closes only during severe winter storms.
Victor Pass is the gateway into Colorado’s Gold mining country. Victor is a statutory city in Teller County, Colorado, United States. Gold was discovered in Victor in the late 19th century, an omen of the future of the town. With Cripple Creek, the mining district became the second largest gold mining district in the country and realized approximately $10 billion of mined gold in 2010 dollars. It reached its peak around the turn of the century when there were about 18,000 residents in the town. Depleted ore in mines, labor strife and the exodus of miners during World War I caused a steep decline in the city’s economy, from which it has never recovered. The population was 397 at the 2010 census. There is a resumed mining effort on Battle Mountain.
Across the street from Victor Pass is a nondescript dirt road that leads to American Eagles Overlook. Victor and nearby Cripple Creek have a long and colored mining history dating back to the late 1800s. A short drive up the road and a brief stop to check in with the mine guard brings you to the top of the hill and some historic mining buildings.
You’ll also find an incredible view into the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine with stunning views of many 14,000′ peaks in the distance.
Independence Pass, originally known as Hunter Pass, is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States. It is at elevation 12,095 ft. on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range. The pass is midway between Aspen and Twin Lakes, on the border between Pitkin and Lake counties.
The pass was formed by glacial action and erosion in the region, and its first recorded sighting was by Zebulon Pike in 1806. Ferdinand Hayden surveyed it in 1873. As part of the Continental Divide, it was the limit of European settlement in the region at the time, with the land to the west reserved for the Ute people. Prospectors who defied governor Frederick Walker Pitkin’s order crossed the pass on July 4, 1879, giving it its current name and setting up a similarly named village (now a ghost town) to its west. A toll road built across the pass was abandoned and neglected after a railroad connection was made to Aspen. A new road replaced it in the 1920s; portions of the old route can still be seen along the western approach. The Independence Pass Foundation, based in Aspen, works to repair damage to the pass’s environment caused by both roads since 1984.
Hoosier Pass elevation is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States. The name derives from Indiana, nicknamed the “Hoosier State,” which was the original home of many pioneers.
The pass is located on the Continental Divide at the northern end of the Mosquito Range, in a gap between Mount Lincoln (west) and Hoosier Ridge (east). It sits on the boundary between Park (south) and Summit (north) counties.
The pass provides a route between the headwaters of the Blue River (tributary of the Colorado River) to the north and the headwaters of the South Platte River in South Park to the south. It is traversed by State Highway 9 between the towns of Breckenridge (north) and Fairplay (south). The highway over the pass provides an alternative route from Denver to the ski areas near Breckenridge and Keystone. It is generally open all year round, is traversable by all vehicles in good weather, but is occasionally closed during winter storms. The road over the pass has a smooth approach on the south side but has several switchbacks on the north side with a grade of 8%.
2018 End Stop
The group picture will be at 6:00pm at Napper Tandy’s. Please be present for the group picture.
Winning Poker hands will be awarded after the group picture. Cash prizes include:
Hotel accommodations in Breckenridge, CO: Coming Soon!