The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an annual event where automobiles and motorcycles race to the summit of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain. The race has been happening since 1916 and is also known as The Race to the Clouds. The race to the top is 12.42 miles (19.98 k) with 156 turns and competitors cross the finish line at 14,115 feet. There are designated areas for spectators to watch, which is strictly enforced as the race is unpredictable and dangerous – all part of the fun. The race starts at 7:30am but no vehicles are allowed past the starting line after 6:30am so you have to plan to arrive a lot earlier. Spectators arriving after 6:30am must park below the Start Line.
Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. If you are going to see the race in person, you can view the event from several locations; Devils Playground, Cove Creek, Glen Cove, Ski Area, Halfway Picnic Grounds and of course the Start Line so you can get up close to the racers and their mode of transportation.
If you are driving to the race, there are various parking lots, but they fill up quickly, so plan to arrive early on Race Day. A shuttle runs from the parking lot below the Start Line and to the Pit Area. Other parking areas are adjacent to spectator areas, so there is fairly easy walking access. All spectators must view the action from inside the designated spectator areas.
Many people camp on Pikes Peak the night before the event. Buy a camping pass as soon as they go on sale as they sell out quickly. There are four camping locations Glen Cove, Ski Area, Halfway Picnic Grounds, and 9 Mile, although 9-Mile is tent camping only.
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Purchase tickets online in advance – Family Packs are the best value!
Plan to arrive at the Gateway by 4am
Drink plenty of water
Dress in layers since the weather is really unpredictable
Bring a camp chair or blanket
Either before or after race day, you have to make it a priority to hike to the summit of Pikes Peak on Barr Trail – or if hiking is not your thing you can drive your car or take a tour bus to the summit. Other attractions close to Pikes Peak include Santa’s Workshop (just below the Gateway), Seven Falls and the town of Manitou Springs. Cave of the Winds Mountain Park is a must do for adrenaline junkies.
You can also go white water rafting, trail running, mountain biking and horseback riding. The Garden of the God’s Park is on point for mind blowing scenery. You can cross America’s highest suspension bridge at Royal Gorge, and of course spend time in one of the many local breweries – or visit them all.
Technical Inspection – World Arena Parking Lot – Monday, June 24 – 9am to 3pm – free and open to the public
Practice and Qualifying Sessions – Tuesday-Friday, June 25-28 – plan to arrive at the Gateway at 4:00am; sessions run from 5:30am to 8:30am – purchase tickets online in advance
Fan Fest – Friday, June 28, in downtown Colorado Springs from 5pm to 10pm – free and open to the public
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – Sunday, June 30, 2019 – purchase tickets online in advance
You may be coming to watch the thrilling and dangerous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb but you’ll want to stay and experience all the magic and wildness that Pikes Peak and the surrounding areas have to offer.
For more information head to www.ppihc.org
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