The 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is just around the corner and we couldn’t think of a better to prepare for the race than to read up on the racers ready to take on the challenge and take a close look at the Pikes Peak course.

The annual ’Race to the Clouds’ challenges automobiles and motorcycles alike to navigate their way up Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This course is about 12.42 miles long with 156 turns for drivers to brave during their ascent on grades averaging 7%. The race begins at 9,390 feet and ends at the mountain’s 14,110-foot summit above Colorado Springs for a total climb of 4,720 ft.

This year, 194 racers from ten different countries will test their driving skills on the dirt and paved roads of Pikes Peak with the hopes of getting top billing in their respective classes. The most anticipated race will be that of the Unlimited Class where there are no restrictions and some of the fastest machines on the planet are put to the test to see which one can go up the mountain faster. Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, Rhys Millen, and Paul Dallenbach are just a few of the racers in this class that are prepared to go balls to the wall to break the 10-minute barrier and the standing record of 10:01.408 achieved by Tajima back in 2007.

Will they succeed? Only time will tell, but prepare yourself for the race by taking a look at the course in detail. Who knows, maybe it’ll inspire a trip to Colorado to watch the action live.

Check back with us soon for the next installment of our Car Infographics series!


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  (580) posted on 06.30.2011

Wow! That is a wonderful track for Pikes Peak. No wonder this race is one of the most famous of all time. I doubt Tajima would again be the champion of this race. There are lots of drivers there.

  (453) posted on 06.29.2011

From what I have heard, the course is really a brutal on. Which is why they said that it is really hard to to take it in under 10 minutes. But as we already know, it can be done.

  (446) posted on 06.28.2011

Ha, Tajima is definitely the monster for this one. He was actually able to beat his own record by more than ten seconds. I would say that that one is certainly a mean feat.

  (302) posted on 06.28.2011

I am still very much surprised that Tajima was able to complete this course in just under ten minutes. That goes to show that he really is a rather skilled driver.

  (798) posted on 06.27.2011

Just a question: are they broadcasting the race on TV? I really want to watch this one a lot, since they will have plenty of competitors joining in.

  (594) posted on 06.27.2011

Now I know why a lot of folks would want to try out the Pikes Peak course. While it might look very simple on paper, the whole course really has a lot of challenges ahead.

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