Ride Along With Rhys Millen As He Tackles The 2017 Pikes Peak Hill Climb: Video
Heart-stopping drops and brain-melting altitude? No problemby Jonathan Lopez, on
This year’s Race to the Clouds saw the usual lineup of insane rides challenging for the win. Per usual, the competitor list was quite diverse, with everything from factory-supported hybrid sports cars like the Acura NSX, to single-seater, open-top, hyper-winged racers like the Norma MXX RD Limited of Romain Dumas. While Dumas took top honors with a final time of 9 minutes, 5.672 seconds, Rhys Millen managed a fourth-place finish overall in his competition-prepped 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, simultaneously taking a first place-finish in the Time Attack 1 class. Millen is a Pikes Peak veteran, with a resume that includes an overall win in 2015 behind the wheel of the eO PP03, following in the footsteps of father Rod Millen as one of the fastest competitors at the annual event. As if to underline that point, we have footage of Millen’s 2017 run right here for your viewing pleasure.
The perspective is from Millen’s helmet, providing a thrilling view as the New Zealander tackles the Peak’s 156 turns and 12.42 miles. There are definitely a few moments, but Millen handles them all in stride, staying calm and collected on his way to a class victory. We can’t wait to see what he’ll do next year.