The world's fastest skateboarders will compete on a 1.4 mile course full of sweeping turns, steep drops, and banked hairpin corners. With speeds expected at 50+ mph this race down Pikes Peak is one of the most anticipated stops on the International Downhill Federation schedule. Check out the course map here.
The Pikes Peak Downhill Invitational opens on Saturday the 6th with practice and qualification runs through out the day starting at 9:00 a.m. Sunday final practice starts at 9:00 a.m. with the official race starting at 10:00 a.m. The race will be ran in heats of 4-6 racers, each will be timed individually until the final rounds where only the winners will advance.
The summit at Pikes Peak, a National Historic Landmark, is the most visited mountain in North America, and the second most visited mountain in the world.
Over a half million people reach the summit house every year, via the Pikes Peak Highway, the world's highest toll road at 14,115 feet.
Constructed in 1915, the Pikes Peak highway has been home to the legendary Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for nearly 100 years. Also known as The Race to the Clouds, the Hill Climb famously competed on dirt and gravel for decades, from the halfway point of the 19-mile highway, to the summit. In 2011, the highway was paved all the way to the top, opening up the fastest, and most challenging curves, to downhill skateboarding for the first time.
Against this stunning backdrop, rich in racing and motorsports history, the world's fastest skateboarders will compete on a course starting above 11,000 feet, with 1.5 miles of sweeping turns, steep drops, and banked hairpin corners. With top speeds expected to reach 50+ mph, the Pikes Peak Downhill course is one of the most highly anticipated stops on the International Downhill Federation schedule.
The Pikes Peak Downhill is free to the public other then the toll fee ($12.00) to access the Pikes Peak Highway. The Pikes Peak Highway will be open to regular traffic in 20 minute intervals that allow racers to complete their heats. Spectators are permitted to park at the Ski Area as there is no parking along the race course.