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Apr 15, 2014 1:00 PM by Jordan Mason

Hill Climb loaded with international competitors

Colorado Springs-------- As the exposure and reputation of the world's greatest hill climb has rocketed up in the last four years, more and more international drivers and racers have jumped a the chance to challenge its obstacles.

 

The 2014 The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will spotlight 14 auto drivers from nine nations among the 74 entries, including some former champions and familiar faces:

 

Entries, Nation, Division, Auto/Motorcycle

 

Nobuhiro Tajima (Japan) Electric Modified, Tajima Motor E-Runner **

Ikuo Hanawa (Japan) Electric Modified, Summit HER-02 **

Gerie Bledsoe (Mexico) Pikes Peak Challenge Vintage, 1966 Ford Mustang

Ralf Christensson (Sweden) Pikes Peak Challenge Vintage, 1967 Ford Mustang

Magnus Widen (Sweden), Pikes Peak Challenge Vintage, 1966 Ford Mustang

Dov Aronoff (Canada), Time Attack 1, 1997 Subaru Impresa

Magnus Dybeck (Sweden), Time Attack 1, 1998 Ford Mustang

John Edwards-Parton (UK), Time Attack 1, 2003 Mini Cooper S

Bally Jean-Jacques (Monaco), Time Attack 1, 1995 Porsche 993 cup

Sead Causevic (Canada), Time Attack 2, 2010 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Andrei Mitrasca (Romania), Time Attack 2, 2005 SEAT Ibiza Cupra TDI

Kris Antal (Monaco), Unlimited), 2013 Krispeak KA14

Francesco Di Pietrantonio (Italy) Unlimited, 2010 PICCHIO P4 pp

Romain Dumas (France), Unlimited, 2013 Norma M20 RD Limitedn **

 

In The Motorcycle Division, with 75 entries, there are 13 nations represented by 22 racers:

 

Yoshihiro Kishimoto (Japan), Electric Modified, 2013 MIRAI TT ZERO 13

Masahito Watanabe (Japan), Pikes Peak Challenge-Sidecar, Kumano Motorsport LCR GSX-R100

Chris Wells (Canada) Pikes Peak Challenge-Sidecar, MR Equipe F2

Yasuo Arai (Japan), Pikes Peak Challenge-UTV Exhibition), Kawasaki KZ1000MK-2

Jiri Heinik (Czech Republic), Pikes Peak Challenge UTV Exhibition, 2013 KTM 1290 Super Duke

Masahiro Takano (Japan), Pikes Peak Challenge UTV Exhibition, 1973 Kawasaki Z1

Matthijs Van De Wall (Netherlands), Pikes Peak Challenge UTV Exhibition, 2013 KTM Super Duke

Mark Shim (Korea), Pikes Peak Challenge Vintage, 1971 Triumph Bonneville

Trace Downing (New Zealand), Pikes Peak Lightweight, 2010 KTM 450 SMR

Joseph Toner (Scotland), Pikes Peak Lightweight, 2007 Aprilia SXV

Michael Leon (Canada), Pikes Peak Middleweight, 2013 MV Agusta

Dave Mason (Australia), Pikes Peak Middleweight, 2005 Suzuki SV650

Eric Piscione (Reunion Island *), Pikes Peak Middleweight, 2013 Ducati Streetfighter

Joseph Berry Toner (Scotland), Pikes Peak Middleweight, 2009 Kawasaki ZX6R

Alberto Dalessio (Italy), Pikes Peak Open, 2011 Ducati Streetfighter

Lambert Fabrice (Reunion Island*), Pikes Peak Open, 2009 Ducati 1098r

Tomasz Gobos (Poland), Pikes Peak Open, 2007 Yamaha Ri

Takahiro Itami (Japan), Pikes Peak Open, 2013 MV AGUSTA Brutale 800

Bruno Langlois (France), Pikes Peak Open, 2013 Ducati panigale **

Olivier Ulmann (France), Pikes Peak Open, 2009 Ducati Streetfighter

Axel Rauch (Germany), Pikes Peak Open, 2013 KTM RC8R

** Pikes Peak Champions

* Reunion Island Is a French island

 

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motorsports race in America behind the Indianapolis 500 and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. It began in 1916, and this year marks the 92nd running of the "Race to the Clouds."

 

The race is run on a 12.42 mile, fully-paved course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America's Mountain. 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, vehicles and motorcycles must be in top shape simply to finish, let alone win!

 

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