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Old 03-31-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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Spectating Pikes Peak tips?

Making my way out to watch the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this July, it will be my first time going.

For the ones who have been, got any spectating tips? My preference is to check out the race in small segments from the start line, somewhere in the middle, finish line....is it possible to do so in one day without missing too much? Or is it best to setup camp at one or two locations to get a better experience. Also, possible to enter the "pit lane" and check out the cars and bikes close-up? Since it's such a unique style of race and setup, not quite sure how to approach viewing this race. I'll be packing light, just me, backpack full of water/powerbars, and a camera.

As much as moto's is a way of life for me, I'm really excited to see the unlimited class 4-wheelers.

I'll be riding my bike out there, if that matters.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:11 PM   #2
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Making my way out to watch the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this July, it will be my first time going.

For the ones who have been, got any spectating tips? My preference is to check out the race in small segments from the start line, somewhere in the middle, finish line....is it possible to do so in one day without missing too much? Or is it best to setup camp at one or two locations to get a better experience. Also, possible to enter the "pit lane" and check out the cars and bikes close-up? Since it's such a unique style of race and setup, not quite sure how to approach viewing this race. I'll be packing light, just me, backpack full of water/powerbars, and a camera.

As much as moto's is a way of life for me, I'm really excited to see the unlimited class 4-wheelers.

I'll be riding my bike out there, if that matters.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:16 AM   #3
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Making my way out to watch the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this July, it will be my first time going.

For the ones who have been, got any spectating tips? My preference is to check out the race in small segments from the start line, somewhere in the middle, finish line....is it possible to do so in one day without missing too much? Or is it best to setup camp at one or two locations to get a better experience. Also, possible to enter the "pit lane" and check out the cars and bikes close-up? Since it's such a unique style of race and setup, not quite sure how to approach viewing this race. I'll be packing light, just me, backpack full of water/powerbars, and a camera.

As much as moto's is a way of life for me, I'm really excited to see the unlimited class 4-wheelers.

I'll be riding my bike out there, if that matters.
Excellent idea. I've run the race 2x, and really want to go spectate if I can't race.

That said, NO, you have very little ability to move from location to location whilst spectating. So pick a good spot (either high speed, tight turn, braking zone, etc...) that floats yer boat and set up camp.

Bring LOTS of food and water, and cold/wet weather gear, regardless of how warm it is expected to be. You will have to be up on the course well before 7am, as uphill traffic is stopped well in advance of the start of the race. That means that weather and crashes *could* have you on the mountain for many, many hours. I believe competitors came down one year after 6pm??? Once the race starts the only way down the mountain is via emergency vehicle or helicopter.

I'm sure others with more insight will chime in. It snowed one year about 4"+ and a road grader was needed to get everyone off the mountain. Took hours.

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