I know as much about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as I do about riding motorcycles (which I've, uh, never done). Despite that, I dig a downtown party as much as the next guy, so look for vehicular madness on Tejon Street tonight, with a beer garden, chili cook-off, stunt team and more.
The “9 Minute Club,” all five competitors who have broken the once elusive 10-minute barrier will be in the race; Rhys Millen (9:46.164 in 2012), Romain Dumas (9:46.181 in 2012), Nobuhiro Tajima (9:51.278 in 2011), Carlin Dunne (9:52.819 in 2012) and Greg Tracy (9:58.262 in 2012).
But based on practice and testing times this week, it may result in the first sub-nine minute mark and new records in almost every division on the fully-paved 12.42 mile course with 156 turns if the mountain and the weather cooperate with race organizers. ...
All eyes in the Motorcycle field will be focused squarely on record-setting Carlin Dunne (Santa Barbara, CA), who set the course mark for bikes last year in winning the Pikes Peak 1205 division with a clocking of 9:52.819 on a Ducati Multistrada. He’s back this year, but this time he will be racing a new Lightning Electric Super Bike, rumored to be the fastest production bike in the world, electric or fuel-based, in the Exhibition Powersports division, with an expectation of a new course record after his blazing testing times on the hill this week and last weekend.
Those who can't attend Sunday can watch the live stream on Red Bull TV, or listen live at 105.5 FM or 1240 AM. Meanwhile, in the spirit of people who can actually operate a motorcycle, here's local Colorado Springs race contestant Jeff Grace going up the mountain last year: