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Race to the Clouds

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Ready To Roll

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. An annual tradition. Teams from 11 countries and 18 states will take part in the Race to the Clouds on June 25.

The 101st running is shaping up to be a great race, featuring 20 rookies and four previous Kings of the Mountain: Paul Dallenbach, Rhys Millen, Clint Vahsholtz and Robin Shute.  

The youngest competitor is 18-year-old rookie Hayden Bradley and the oldest is 68-year-old veteran driver George Hess III. Both will compete in the one-make Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama. The other five divisions are Pikes Peak Open, Time Attack 1, Open Wheel, Unlimited and Exhibition.

The 12.42-mile race boasting 156 turns is the second-oldest ongoing motorsports competition in the United States, behind only the Indianapolis 500. Spencer Penrose launched the race in 1916 to promote his Broadmoor Hotel and improved highway to the summit of Pikes Peak.

Then, as now, this highly technical race is by invitation only, starting at 9,390 feet and finishing at the 14,115-foot summit of America’s Mountain.

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