Weather wreaks havoc on elite drivers’ Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record attempts

Michel CooperLast Update : Monday 26 June 2017 - 1:27 AM
Weather wreaks havoc on elite drivers’ Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record attempts

A promising start for the motorcyclists did not last during the 95th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Foggy conditions turned into pea-sized hail at about 2 p.m. on the summit of Pikes Peak and the race officials cut the 12.42-mile race in half for the final five racers.

Safety concerns centered on the hail, which made road conditions treacherous for cars equipped with racing slicks — tires with little or no tread to grip the road.

Early conditions allowed four motorcycle and two car records to be set. But that promising start would not last.

Frenchman Romain Dumas fell well short of the race record of 8 minutes, 13.878 seconds with a time of 9:05.672 while still becoming this year’s overall winner, aka King of the Mountain.

The Frenchman was feeling anything but regal after an electrical problem sapped his engine’s power.

Read the full story at The Gazette.

Source: denverpost

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