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What Is Pikes Peak International Hill Climb?



Have you ever imagined what it would be like to ascend a mountain while sitting in a supercar or on a motorcycle? If yes, then you may have been channeling some sort of telepathic bond with the organizers of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a yearly race up Colorado’s 14,110-foot Pikes Peak mountain.

The so-called “Race to the Clouds” requires drivers in 16 different vehicle classes (including automotive, open wheel, stock car and motorcycle) to navigate a 12.4-mile-long course, terrifyingly accented with over 150 razor sharp turns. At oxygen-thin heights that routinely reduce engine power by as much as 30 percent, those who choose to participate in the event know that just crossing the finish line is a victory.

We know racing up Pikes Peak isn’t as tough as climbing Everest (the lack of extreme cold and the presence of motor vehicles makes the PPIHC a bit more achievable), but it’s certainly one of the most extreme motor race events around.

August 12th marked Pike’s Peak International Climb’s 90th anniversary.

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