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Old 09-14-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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Wink 2012 PPIHC - July 8 2012

This just in! The 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be July 8, 2012.

Sadly, without me
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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Sweet! I have an annual club camp that is in the middle of June and it has always kept me from going to the race. Not next year though!! I am putting it on my calendar now and look forward to being there.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:14 AM   #3
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Pissed sad news

what sad news

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Hello Competitors,

The Pikes Peak Highway is now 100% paved. Please see the below article that discusses the ten year project:

http://www.gazette.com/news/peak-125982-pikes-work.html


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Old 10-04-2011, 09:30 AM   #4
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Not So Bad . . . .

It (the pavement) has been a long time coming (10 years) and it will be a long time gone. But, it is time to move, completely, to the next phase for PPIHC. With 100% pavement, it will be a very different event. I'm looking forward to what the organizers have in store vis-a-vis rules, classes, etc. My fear is that they will try to stay with the dirt/traditional rules & look (no clip ons, etc) and will shun the road race applications/needs that the event is now. But, That is projecting. I'll wait and see. Rules are to be out in October, and I think registration opens Nov. 1, or thereabouts.

I plan to be there again in 2012.

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Old 10-04-2011, 01:05 PM   #5
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I may make it... we'll have to see. It is a fun event.

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Old 02-05-2012, 10:37 AM   #6
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So what's the cost for a privateer to run this race?
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:36 AM   #7
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The Pikes Peak Highway is now 100% paved
..what a bullsh.t!!

why they did this???

so this race is NOT interesting for me anymore!! sorry!!
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:55 AM   #8
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2011 was my first time to watch the race in person. Guess I'm privileged to watch the last race held on some dirt. Looking forward to watching it this year!
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:01 AM   #9
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so this race is NOT interesting for me anymore!! sorry!!
If a bunch of cars and bikes hauling ass up a twisty mountain road is not interesting to you, you might have a problem.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:01 AM   #10
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..what a bullsh.t!!

why they did this???

so this race is NOT interesting for me anymore!! sorry!!

the sierra club sued the forest service/county claiming the dirt road and gravel from the road were clogging streams .. complete BS.. but they won

on the road race aspect Im sure the pavement with be totally jacked up with constant snow removal leaving a not very good surface for superbikes.. also dirt and dust on the summit as there is nothing but dirt and no vegitation to hold it when it gets blown around.. I was going to try to make it ..we will see..
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It (the pavement) has been a long time coming (10 years) and it will be a long time gone. But, it is time to move, completely, to the next phase for PPIHC. With 100% pavement, it will be a very different event. I'm looking forward to what the organizers have in store vis-a-vis rules, classes, etc. My fear is that they will try to stay with the dirt/traditional rules & look (no clip ons, etc) and will shun the road race applications/needs that the event is now. But, That is projecting. I'll wait and see. Rules are to be out in October, and I think registration opens Nov. 1, or thereabouts.

I plan to be there again in 2012.

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I heard they are having a exhibition race this year that is for sportbikes/streetbikes. There's some incredibly expensive entry fee and there's no prize money or trophy. But they are at least entertaining sportbike/streetbike racing up the hill. I'll be curious what shows up, and how fast they go.
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If a bunch of cars and bikes hauling ass up a twisty mountain road is not interesting to you, you might have a problem.
Amen to that!
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:01 AM   #13
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...so why you think the pikes peak hillclimb is famous for us (europeans)???

yes- its this crazy race on GRAVEL goin up to bout 4000meters !! crazy drifts- special motorcycles and cars!!

big us cars driftin on gravel at high speeds!? we didnt have this here!

so thats what makes it special- even for us europeans!-

this is why europ. teams and drivers were comin to the US!!! -like walter röhrl etc.

- just another hillclimb on asphalt with streetracebikes and streetcars!??- no thanx - we have thousands of this HERE (in europe)-

-maybe you get it now!?

-THATS what was PP for us:



theres a good statement-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...7AUvRxB8#t=64s

DIRT IS FOR RACING- ASPHALT IS FOR SISSYS::::

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gijMCJIu2YU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPHdR...eature=related
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:30 PM   #14
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truely retarded being all paved. PP will never be what it's always been.
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:50 AM   #15
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Raced PPIHC the past two years and had a blast doing so! Would have likely gone back this year again if the project I'm working on would allow me the time, and while it will be different I don't think its any less of an event.

However, one of the big changes I feel is safety, for the worse, not so much the higher speeds that should be expected but the damn oil and fluid the cars spew on the pavement. In case you didn't know the bikes run the course last and the two years I competed there were at least 6 to 8 blown up broken down cars off on the shoulder scattered all the way to the top. More pavement = more possibility of oil and fluids.

As an example last year, Greg Tracy binned it at the base of the W's after hitting fluid on the pavement (checked my helmet cam footage and was amazed how close I came to the same fate). Or coming around a corner fully pinned dropping down to the "bottomless pit" corner crapping your pants because there is oil all over the road and no way to not ride through it, thinking "how much do you trust that kitty litter?", at least someone made an attempt to safety that spill a bit!

It's always been about the rider/driver racing themselves and the mountain and in that regard the race is the same and while the dirt is gone, and with it the sensation of having the ass end of your bike floating around at speed the whole thing is simply fucking awesome!
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