Friday, July 17, 2009

Pikes Peak Race Internation Hill Climb - Manitou Springs

Today racers prepare for the 87th Annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb - the Race to the Clouds!

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor sports race in America and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. The race first competition was in 1916.

In 2009, the race will take place on Sunday, July 19 with race related events all week long. Fan Fest, on Friday, July 17 in downtown Colorado Springs, will feature motorcycle jumpers, two beer gardens, a chili cook-off, live bands and the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders and is expected to draw over 35,000 spectators.

The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America’s Mountain; Pikes Peak! As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape simply to finish...let alone win!

Manitou Springs sits at the base of Pikes Peak and shares the beautiful mountain side on the eastern side of the race course. Come enjoy the fun!

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