Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC)

“Race to the Clouds”

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been a Colorado Springs tradition dating back to 1916.  This is the 3rd oldest racing event in the entire western hemisphere.  The actual track measures over 12 miles with around 156 turns, climbing 4,720 feet from the starting line, located on Pikes Peak Highway. Racers finish at an altitude of 14,110 feet with grades averaging around 7 percent.  In 2011, the Pikes Peak Highway was completely repaved from start to finish.  In previous years, the drivers faced gravel and dirt roads in some sections adding more difficulty to the race.

Spencer Penrose sponsored the first actual running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. He decided to encourage tourists to visit by creating what he called “a race to the clouds.”  Penrose is an iconic figure in the city history of Colorado Springs; he is best known for helping finance the construction of The Broadmoor in 1918, the World Renowned Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in 1926, and the Pikes Peak Highway 1916.

If you are a racing enthusiast or maybe just looking for a fun thing to do with the family in the summer months in Colorado Springs, come check out the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and I guarantee you wont be disappointed.


Buyer Specialist at Jason Daniels & Associates