Pikes Peak International Hill Climb returns this weekend

Posted at 8:26 AM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2020-08-26 14:20:17-04

The 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will take place this weekend.

The competition, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak. The various races take place every year on the last Sunday of June.

The event was founded in 1916 by Broadmoor Hotel founder, Spencer Penrose. 

The PPIHC takes place on a 12.42 mile stretch of the Pikes Peak Highway that boasts 156 turns and 4,720 feet of elevation gain from the start line at 9,390 feet to the summit finish line at 14,115 feet.

The race is self-sanctioned and is the most diverse one day motorsports event in the world, according to the events website. Everything from sidecars and motorcycles to 1,400hp EV and Unlimited racers are able to compete in the same event.

As you might guess, over the years the winning times have increasingly dropped. In 1916, the fastest time was 20:55.6. Last year’s winner clocked in at 9:05.672.

The event will open to the public at 3:00 a.m. this Sunday, June 24th.

You can find more information, as well as buy tickets here: PPIHC