The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, North America’s most famous street circuit race, runs this Sunday with a few notable riders returning for 2019.
The Race To The Clouds runs June 30th, and this year, 28 riders from all over the world are registered for the event on a wide variety of motorcycles.
However, one of the most famous names on the entry list has just announced he has to bow out. Michael Dunlop, best-known for his heroics at the Isle of Man TT as well as other international street circuit events, can’t make it. He was injured, along with his navigator, in a car crash at the Donegal International Rally in Ireland.
Some other big names are back, though. Carlin Dunne returns to race the Ducati Streetfighter V4 in Heavyweight. Chris Fillmore returns as well, racing a KTM 450 SX-F in Lightweight. Cory West is tackling the Hillclimb for the first time and will be aboard the Zero SR/F electric superbike. He’s quite likely to be a significant threat in Heavyweight as his machine is probably the best-equipped to deal with the changing air density along the mountain.
Another interesting electric superbike effort to watch is the University of Nottingham team, always present at the Isle of Man TT. They’ve sent Robert Barber to pilot their bike at Pikes Peak this summer.
Lucy Glöckner also returns this year; she was the 2018 rookie of the year at Pikes Peak and holds the fastest speed record for a woman challenging the hill. Rennie Scaysbrook is also back for the race. This year, he’s racing an Aprilia Tuono V4 1100.
Head over to the Pikes Peak website for details on live timing updates, and radio coverage of the race.
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