Competitors from around the world will pit their skills against each other and the terrain at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 29, 2014 to find out who is king of the mountain. Race week begins Monday, June 23 with technical inspection. Exciting events fill the week, like autocross ride-alongs, sanctioned practices and qualifying runs. Merchandise and memorabilia will be on sale all week long in the Hotel Eleganté lobby. Originating in 1916, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motorsport in the country, second only to the Indianapolis 500.
A week of excitement
The excitement continues to build as the competitors take their first practice runs and attempt to qualify for the race. Spectators watch from strategic vantage points along the 12.42-mile, 156-turn course. Breathtaking drops line the course that climbs to a 14,110-foot summit. This year, for the first time, spectators will be restricted to designated viewing areas for their safety. Police will be on hand to ensure compliance. Honda and the American Motorcycle have teamed with the Pikes Peak sanctioning body to provide another safety feature, the AirFence. Soft-wall safety barriers will go far to make the race a safer experience for the competitors while maintaining the thrills of the race.
On Friday, June 27, more than 30,000 people will flood downtown Colorado Springs as the annual Fan Fest pre-race celebration begins. This free event gives fans the opportunity to see the vehicles up close, watch race qualifiers give demos and pick up autographs from their favorites. The race attracts drivers from around the world, including 10-time champion, Nobuhiro Tajima. Ikuo Hanawa and Roy Richards will be doing their best to beat his time.
Camping on the mountain
Access to camping begins at noon on Saturday, with gates closing and uphill traffic stopping at 6:00 p.m. You may purchase tickets at the Breckenridge, Aspen Room of the Hotel Eleganté from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Ticket sales will continue at the Pikes Peak Gateway from noon until 6:00 p.m.
The gates open at 3:00 a.m. on race day, giving you the opportunity to get to the spectator area of your choice. During practice days, you can watch from the starting line, Glen Cove or the Devils Playground. On the day of the race, your choices expand to include the Halfway Picnic Grounds, Ski Area and Cove Creek.
Practice day tickets are available online for $25 per day or you may purchase them at the Gateway from 4:00 a.m. until 5:0 a.m. For $120, you can purchase a pass for the entire week. After 5:00 a.m., you will not be allowed to enter. Advance general admission tickets are $40. The race day price is $50. Children age nine and under are free of charge. For $135, you can buy a Family 4 Pack online. This represents a discount of $25. Camping permits are $100 per vehicle, but each camper must also have a race ticket. Permits are limited to available space.
An event of this magnitude needs a lot of helping hands. Volunteers over the age of 18 are welcome. Registration forms are available online.
Cars, trucks and motorcycles in numerous classes will ‘Race to the Clouds’ in this 92nd running of this spectacular contest. Predictions that paving the entire course would put an end to the race have proven unfounded as the number of drivers and spectators continue to increase. The unlimited class allows all cars meeting safety standards to participate, allowing some of the most open competition in racing today. The 2014 event promises excitement for all racing enthusiasts.
The Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb is only one of the exciting offerings that Colorado Springs holds for residents and visitors alike. If you’re interested in making Colorado Springs your home, begin your search for homes or contact Park Avenue Properties of Colorado Springs today to help you find your next house.