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Old 06-18-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default Anyone here going to Pikes Peak this year?

Headed out there for my first time this year and was wondering if anyone might be out there. I've been wanting to watch this event since I was around 10 years old LOL!!

Anyhow, I'm going to be a nooob spectator out there, and was hoping someone from here or wherever might like to meet up out there,maybe point me in the right direction for spectating area's, and just hang out in general (this is going to be a solo trip for me as of now).

Here's some more info on it for whoever may be interested:

http://www.ppihc.com/

http://www.ppihc.com/content.aspx?tabid=7&contentid=182

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Old 06-19-2009, 01:20 AM   #2
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Bring your warmest cold weather gear. Tons of snow on the Peak right now. Coldest it has been in a long time. Al Gore must have flown over. 23rd year up there for me
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:20 PM   #3
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Bring your warmest cold weather gear. Tons of snow on the Peak right now. Coldest it has been in a long time. Al Gore must have flown over. 23rd year up there for me
Thanks for the heads up on the weather. Yeah I wasn't sure what the conditions would be up there. Maybe I'll see you out there!

What do you recommend as a good spot to spectate from?
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:44 PM   #4
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Thanks for the heads up on the weather. Yeah I wasn't sure what the conditions would be up there. Maybe I'll see you out there!

What do you recommend as a good spot to spectate from?

Devils Playground if you can handle the altitude. From there walk about a mile and a half up to Boulder Park. Last good dirt section on the mountain. Bring aspirin, water and sunscreen. Lots of it. Boulder Park is around 13,000+ feet.
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:11 PM   #5
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Cool sounds good! I've heard lots about devils playground, I'll definitely check it out, and try and make the hike up to Boulder park, and hopefully not get altitude sickness lol!

Thanks much for the info!!
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:50 PM   #6
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:25 PM   #7
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Yeah, those seem pretty awesome, a big trail of dust and black smoke the whole run up lol!!!

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:34 AM   #8
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Gronholm tests for Pikes Peak

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By David Evans Tuesday, June 30th 2009, 10:58 GMT

Double World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm has tested the Ford Fiesta he will drive at the Pikes Peak hillclimb in America next month.

The Finn drove the car, run by the Olsberg Motor Sport Evolution team, for two days in Sweden, completing the test last night.

Gronholm's first impressions of the new car are positive, but he says he will reserve full judgement until he drives it at the next test in Colardo - just before making his debut at the July 19 event.

"The car was quite good," said Gronholm. "We have lots of power. It's 800 horse power, which is very nice! But it's not easy to get all of that power down, at the moment, it's a bit like a switch, so we have some more work to do.

"I wouldn't say I feel confident now. I feel better having driven the car, so I know more about what it's going to be like in the car, but the place we tested was not so much like Pikes Peak - it was Sweden. So, we have to wait until we get to America for the next test. Let's see then."

Gronholm will be joined by rallycross expert Andreas Eriksson at the event, where the two Fiestas will run in the unlimited class and attempting to become the first drivers to break the 10-minute barrier through the 12.4-mile hill.

The pair will face stiff competition from Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima and his Suzuki SX4 Hillclimb Special. Tajima, the former boss of the Suzuki World Rally Team, holds the record for the hill, at 10m01.408s - which he set in 2007.

Tajima said: "I welcome Marcus, Andreas and Mark [Rennison, British rallycross champion] to the mountain this year, it is nice to be joined by such talented drivers and this is wonderful news for the event!"

While he welcomed his rivals, Tajima also added words of caution: it's experience that counts at Pikes Peak.

He said: "The mountain is not a place for the feint hearted - it's a very specialised course, long and very challenging with its own unique characteristics that take years to come to terms with. This is not like an extended rally cross track, it's very similar to a super-long and high-speed rally superspecial stage with multiple surface combinations unlike any found elsewhere in the world, it is a course that requires extreme concentration and a very good memory certainly helps!

"Car set-up is also something that is unique to this event and without previous experience on the mountain, I am sure that the newcomers will find this event a huge challenge. Andreas may be a specialist on the snow and ice, Marcus is undoubtedly a specialist on the world rally Stage, and Mark a specialist in gravel rallycross but for over 20 years now, I have been a specialist at hillclimb racing!"

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Old 06-30-2009, 11:00 AM   #9
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Bring aspirin, water and sunscreen. Lots of it. Boulder Park is around 13,000+ feet.
+1 this. I went back in 2001 or 2002, I think it was the first year they did semi's and bikes with sidecars. It was well over 90F at Halfway picinic. I'm a flatlander fron NE so the altitude and heat had an effect. If you go much further up the mountain you're probably stuck there for the whole event. I parked below the start line and hiked a few miles to the dirt section (which was lower back then).

Good luck, super fun event. Parking is pretty much first come, first served on the sides of the road.
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I have seen temperatures over 100 in Colorado Springs and snowing on the summit. The race has been shortened three times because of snow in JULY.
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Did they pave the rest of the road yet? It's just not the same race on tarmac but should be exciting nonetheless.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:33 PM   #12
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+1 this. I went back in 2001 or 2002, I think it was the first year they did semi's and bikes with sidecars. It was well over 90F at Halfway picinic. I'm a flatlander fron NE so the altitude and heat had an effect. If you go much further up the mountain you're probably stuck there for the whole event. I parked below the start line and hiked a few miles to the dirt section (which was lower back then).

Good luck, super fun event. Parking is pretty much first come, first served on the sides of the road.
Yeah thats what i was reading, about once the event start you pretty much are where you are. Thats why I wastrying to find the best place to spectate. I've been a about 7000ft above sea level for extended periods of time with no problems, but I know that the starting line is already above that lol.

I was planning on camping out on the hill the night before, so I could try and get a spot to park and hike from to watch.
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I have seen temperatures over 100 in Colorado Springs and snowing on the summit. The race has been shortened three times because of snow in JULY.
Wow that goes to show you how much the change in conditions is with elevation.
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Did they pave the rest of the road yet? It's just not the same race on tarmac but should be exciting nonetheless.
I believe it's still mostly unpaved, with exceptions of a few long sections of tarmac.

Even if they did pave the whole thing eventually I think I would still enjoy the event very much. Theres lots of hill climbs in Europe where the entire roads are tarmac.
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I'll be attending for the first time this year.. have a few questions..

- Can you park at Devil's Playground, or do you need to park and then hike up there?

- Do they allow you to bring your own beverages (pack an ice chest and drink up there)?

- I've read conflicting things about the weather.. does it simply vary depending on where you are on the mountain (hot as hell at the bottom, freezing up top)?

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I'll be attending for the first time this year.. have a few questions..

- Can you park at Devil's Playground, or do you need to park and then hike up there?

- Do they allow you to bring your own beverages (pack an ice chest and drink up there)?

- I've read conflicting things about the weather.. does it simply vary depending on where you are on the mountain (hot as hell at the bottom, freezing up top)?

Thanks!
Yes you can park at Devils. That is as high as you can go. Best is to cross the start line by 7 am at the latest otherwise you will be caught out as they start closing the road.

Yes definitely bring your own food and drink. Cool thing is one beer at that altitude feels like six. If there are lots of crashes the race could go as late as 4:30 and it could take as long as three hours to get off the mountain. Worst case scenarios of course. There is no food or water unless you are at the start line.

Bring layers. This past June has been the coldest in recorded history for the state of Colorado. The mountain is all snow above treeline that I can see from my house. Normally the snow has melted by now. I have seen 60 below at 5 am on practice days with wind chill. Last year was the first time I have worn shorts on top in 23 years, but I brought long underwear, jeans and wind pants. So who knows what can happen. Always be prepared for the worst.

Devil's Playground Parking. BTW Devils Playground is named so because it has more lightning strikes then any place else in North America.


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Finishing in 2005 was among my fondest motorsports memories. What a rush.

And DNFing midway in 2007 wasn't so bad either. Fed and boozed by the spectators while watching Monster break the record.

Have a fun and safe PPIHC 2009. Great entrylist. I'll be rallying in Maine that weekend. Hopefully can make it again next year.
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Finishing in 2005 was among my fondest motorsports memories. What a rush.

And DNFing midway in 2007 wasn't so bad either. Fed and boozed by the spectators while watching Monster break the record.

Have a fun and safe PPIHC 2009. Great entrylist. I'll be rallying in Maine that weekend. Hopefully can make it again next year.
Thats awesome! I hope to be able to run this hill climb myself in hopefully not too distant future!

Well congrats on making it to the top in 05! What an achivement to have completed this hill climb!

I'm definitely going to have fun out there!.
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i would like to hit up pikes peak
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I'll be there working for a couple of magazines/teams.

We will see about posting photos online and what not...
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:20 PM   #22
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That Fiesta looks like an absolute monster LOL!! I had seen pictures of the rally cross one, but that's the first I've seen the actual hill climb car. I think he may have a fighting chance at the record.
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I will be attending this year too.
Is Boulder Park the absolute best place to spectate from? Or is bottomless pit a good place for high speed cornering?

Is the best hiking route from Devil's Playground to Boulder Park right up the road? Or is there a hiking trail off the side of the road?
Also, is there a certain corner at Boulder Park that is best to stand at?

EDIT: Almost forgot to mention.... I heard that they were paving the summit of Pikes Peak this summer. Is that true? Is it still a dirt road at Boulder Park?

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^^Bump for this question!

Hey AWD what days are you going to be out there? I'll be up there Thursday evening I believe.

Gettin excited, it's gettin close to time to go LOL.....
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