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RACING A QUAD ON PAVEMENT AGAINST CARS & MOTORCYCLES

July 5, 2016
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Pikes Peak Hill Climb

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of the oldest racing events in the USA that happens every year. For many years the 12.4 mile road to the top was dirt, but it has been completely paved now for the last several years. The competitors are spaced apart and their runs are timed to determine the quickest. The course starts at an elevation of 9,390 feet and ends at the summit of the mountain which is 14,115 feet. The screaming engines are gasping for air at the high elevation and make less horsepower than they do at sea level.

A wide quad with wide sticky tires and anti-sway bar is how you set up a quad for Pikes Peak. It also helps to have lots of horsepower, which becomes less at the high elevation.
A wide quad with wide sticky tires and anti-sway bar is how you set up a quad for Pikes Peak. It also helps to have lots of horsepower, which becomes less at the high elevation.

There are many classes for cars, from full race Indy Cars to modified production cars. The motorcycles have 5 classes based on engine size. For the quads, there was just one class for 2016. Cyril Combes was the fastest on his modified Suzuki LTR450 with a time of 11 minutes and 5 seconds. His average speed for the run was nearly 70 mph. There are 156 turns on the course and many are very tight, so he must have been hitting some very high speeds on the straightaways. But still, with only 450cc to work with, Cyril relied more on fast cornering speeds to get to the finish line so quick. Most of the cars classes run big engines with lots of horsepower, and the 1000cc motorcycles had a big power advantage over Cyril too. His time of 11:05 put him ahead of around half of the cars and motorcycles that competed

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