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RACE TO THE TOP OF PIKES PEAK —

Looking for something different to do? Then you might consider doing the annual Pikes Peak Hilclimb near Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 25. Here’s how it works — you’re basically racing the clock as you ride to the top of the mountain as fast as you can. The road used to be all dirt, then they paved the bottom half, but now it’s paved all the way to the top.

Last year’s winner.

The starting line as at an elevation of 9,300 feet and the road goes for 12.4 miles until the finish at an elevation of 14,115 feet. There are 156 turns along the way, with some fairly tight and others being faster sweepers. It’s not the kind of road where you’d want to miss a turn, because you might go flying for a couple thousand feet before you hit something.

A Banshee that was set up for Pikes Peak.

To have any chance of winning the Pikes Peak quad class, you have to have your machine set up low and wide, with sticky tires and as much horsepower as possible, without the engine blowing up in the high altitude.

A Pikes Peak Raptor at full throttle.

Along with quads, there are many classes for motorcycles with even more for all types of race cars. Racing up the road is an adrenaline rush for everyone, especially the quad riders. Imagine screaming down the straight tucked in, then sitting up, nailing the brakes hard, kicking it down a couple of gears and feeling the G-force as the tires howl around a turn. And, you’re doing all this while trying to ignore the awesome views from high up on the mountain.

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