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Cars race to 14,115-foot mountain peak in Colorado, snow could be a danger

Cars race to 14,115-foot mountain peak in Colorado, snow could be a danger

The sound of roaring engines will be loud on Pikes Peak this coming Sunday, as dozens of race cars rocket up a road to the top at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

On June 26, the 100th edition of the iconic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb vehicle race will take place outside of Colorado Springs. Ticket holders can attend the race, while anyone can attend Fan Fest – a celebratory celebration that takes place on Friday in downtown Colorado Springs and draws thousands.

The race covers a 12.42 mile stretch of the Pikes Peak Highway, eventually reaching the top of 14,115 feet after 156 turns. In addition to dealing with high-speed turns, drivers must also be prepared for treacherous mountain weather, deadly roadside ramps, and wildlife in their path.

This year is also likely to be a tricky one, if the race goes as planned. Mountain-Forecast.com forecast light snow on Pikes Peak the night before the race and during the morning hours, with cloudy skies and freezing temperatures at the summit during the race. Last year there were similar conditions that caused icy roads, which made the race shortened by three miles

The first edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb took place in 1916. More than 100 years later, the record for the course was set in 2018 by French racing driver Romain Dumas. Behind the wheel of an electric Volkswagen, Dumas completed the 12.42 mile journey in just 7 minutes and 57 seconds. The highest course time during the first running 1916 was 20 minutes 55 seconds.

Find a full program of events here and the official race website here† Although tickets are required to attend the event on the mountain (must be purchased) online), the Fan Fest event is free and loved by the public.

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