“The Race to the Clouds” celebrates its 100th anniversary on June 26, when over 100 competitors from the world over will use cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads to sprint to the summit of Pike’s Peak.
One of those competitors will be OOIDA Member and legendary stunt driver Mike Ryan, who sent us a link to this “sizzle reel” of footage to help mark the centennial of the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. Check it out:
For those who don’t know, the race is one of the oldest motor sports races in America. Racers compete in a variety of classes as they strive to be the fastest up the 12.42-mile course, which features more than 156 turns and climbs almost 5,000 feet to the finish line, on grades averaging 7.2 percent.
According to Ryan, this will be his 18th attempt at the mountain in a truck. He’s previously competed in the motorcycle division as well.
Ryan survived a dramatic crash at the 2014 race, where his truck flew more than 100 feet off course and ended up landing over 30 feet down an embankment. Ryan not only survived, but was able to walk away from the wreck. He has previously described the experience of racing a truck up the steep mountain grade as “like tuning a thousand-string guitar.”
The 2016 Broadmoor Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb begins Saturday June 18 with Speed Week activities. The race itself occurs Sunday, June 26. Find more info here.