Elite racers join the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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The 2019 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb's reputation is booming; as racers around the globe come to this world known racing event to face the dangers and excitement of high adrenaline motorcycle racing.

Lucy Glöckner, from Germany, and Michael Dunlop, from Northern Ireland, will tackle America's Mountain road race.

Glöckner, 28, was the 2018 motorcycle Rookie of the Year in the Race to the Clouds, finishing fifth in the Pikes Peak Heavyweight Division, clocking in a time of 12:21.932 on her BMW S1000R, the 23rd fastest time overall. She will be facing veterans like Codie Vahsholtz (third last year) and Australian Rennie Scaysbrook (second place).

Also joining the gray is decorated international racer in Pikes Peak rookie Michael Dunlop. On his debut, he will be racing a 2019 BMW S1000R, the same motorcycle as Glöckner. Both will be competing as part of the team Wunderlich MOTORSPORT powered by ProKASRO.

Dunlop, 29, is part of a motorcycle dynasty that started with his father and uncle. His late brother, William Dunlops, son of Robert and nephew to former World Champion Joey Dunlop.

The 2018 season was a tragic year for the Dunlop family, as Michael's older brother William was killed during a practice for the 2018 Skerries 100 on a Yamaha YZF-R1, joining his father, Robert, and his uncle, Joey, as riders who have lost their life to the sport of motorcycle racing.

Michael is world known as one of the most tenacious competitors in motorcycle racing; winning the Superbike TT (tourist trophy) and Supersport TT racer at the prestigious Isle of Man TT last year. All in all, racking an impressive 18 wins in the famed race over the year.

The Heavyweight Division this year boasts racers from Germany, Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic, Japan, Australia and the USA, including Scaysbrook and Vahsholtz.