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Apr 12, 2014 11:00 AM by Jordan Mason

Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb loaded with international competitors

Colorado Springs-------- As the exposure and reputation of the world's greatest hill climb has rocketed up in the last four years, more and more international drivers and racers have jumped a the chance to challenge its obstacles.

The 2014 The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will spotlight 14 auto drivers from nine nations among the 74 entries, including some former champions and familiar faces:

Entries, Nation, Division, Auto/Motorcycle

Nobuhiro Tajima (Japan) Electric Modified, Tajima Motor E-Runner **
Ikuo Hanawa (Japan) Electric Modified, Summit HER-02 **
Gerie Bledsoe (Mexico) Pikes Peak Challenge Vintage, 1966 Ford Mustang
Ralf Christensson (Sweden) Pikes Peak Challenge Vintage, 1967 Ford Mustang
Magnus Widen (Sweden), Pikes Peak Challenge Vintage, 1966 Ford Mustang
Dov Aronoff (Canada), Time Attack 1, 1997 Subaru Impresa
Magnus Dybeck (Sweden), Time Attack 1, 1998 Ford Mustang
John Edwards-Parton (UK), Time Attack 1, 2003 Mini Cooper S
Bally Jean-Jacques (Monaco), Time Attack 1, 1995 Porsche 993 cup
Sead Causevic (Canada), Time Attack 2, 2010 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Andrei Mitrasca (Romania), Time Attack 2, 2005 SEAT Ibiza Cupra TDI
Kris Antal (Monaco), Unlimited), 2013 Krispeak KA14
Francesco Di Pietrantonio (Italy) Unlimited, 2010 PICCHIO P4 pp
Romain Dumas (France), Unlimited, 2013 Norma M20 RD Limitedn **

In The Motorcycle Division, with 75 entries, there are 13 nations represented by 22 racers:

Yoshihiro Kishimoto (Japan), Electric Modified, 2013 MIRAI TT ZERO 13
Masahito Watanabe (Japan), Pikes Peak Challenge-Sidecar, Kumano Motorsport LCR GSX-R100
Chris Wells (Canada) Pikes Peak Challenge-Sidecar, MR Equipe F2
Yasuo Arai (Japan), Pikes Peak Challenge-UTV Exhibition), Kawasaki KZ1000MK-2
Jiri Heinik (Czech Republic), Pikes Peak Challenge UTV Exhibition, 2013 KTM 1290 Super Duke
Masahiro Takano (Japan), Pikes Peak Challenge UTV Exhibition, 1973 Kawasaki Z1
Matthijs Van De Wall (Netherlands), Pikes Peak Challenge UTV Exhibition, 2013 KTM Super Duke
Mark Shim (Korea), Pikes Peak Challenge Vintage, 1971 Triumph Bonneville
Trace Downing (New Zealand), Pikes Peak Lightweight, 2010 KTM 450 SMR
Joseph Toner (Scotland), Pikes Peak Lightweight, 2007 Aprilia SXV
Michael Leon (Canada), Pikes Peak Middleweight, 2013 MV Agusta
Dave Mason (Australia), Pikes Peak Middleweight, 2005 Suzuki SV650
Eric Piscione (Reunion Island *), Pikes Peak Middleweight, 2013 Ducati Streetfighter
Joseph Berry Toner (Scotland), Pikes Peak Middleweight, 2009 Kawasaki ZX6R
Alberto Dalessio (Italy), Pikes Peak Open, 2011 Ducati Streetfighter
Lambert Fabrice (Reunion Island*), Pikes Peak Open, 2009 Ducati 1098r
Tomasz Gobos (Poland), Pikes Peak Open, 2007 Yamaha Ri
Takahiro Itami (Japan), Pikes Peak Open, 2013 MV AGUSTA Brutale 800
Bruno Langlois (France), Pikes Peak Open, 2013 Ducati panigale **
Olivier Ulmann (France), Pikes Peak Open, 2009 Ducati Streetfighter
Axel Rauch (Germany), Pikes Peak Open, 2013 KTM RC8R
** Pikes Peak Champions
* Reunion Island Is a French island


The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motorsports race in America behind the Indianapolis 500 and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. It began in 1916, and this year marks the 92nd running of the "Race to the Clouds."


The race is run on a 12.42 mile, fully-paved course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America's Mountain. As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors, vehicles and motorcycles must be in top shape simply to finish, let alone win!



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