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FAST FACTS ABOUT PIKES PEAK HILL CLIMB

  • Located just west of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak is named for Lt. Zebulon Pike, who sighted it in 1806 on a government exploration trip
  • Pike failed in his attempt to reach the peak and believed no one would ever summit the mountain
  • The view from the peak inspired Katherine Lee Bates in 1893 to write “America the Beautiful”
  • Second oldest race in American Motorsports
  • The Pikes Peak Hill Climb has been run since 1916, except during war years, so the 2015 event will be the 93rd race
  • The 12.42-mile, 156-turn racecourse runs from 9,390-foot elevation up to 14,115 feet at the peak
  • Previously featuring a mix of gravel and pavement, the road became fully paved in 2011
  • Don Canet, who will race the Victory Racing entry, finished his run in 10 minutes, 10.101 seconds in the 2014 race
  • Don averaged 70.808 mph and finished third among motorcycles, 11th-best overall
  • Hill climb history is featured at the Penrose Heritage Museum on the west side of Colorado Springs

For more race info, visit www.ppihc.com