And so, the 2017 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb presented by Gran Tourismo has come to an end. Did you get to go to the race, did you watch it live on streaming, were you attending the festivals down in and around Colorado Springs? No matter where you were, the motorcycling attorneys at the Metier Law Firm were keeping an eye out.
Did You Enjoy the PPIHC?
The day started out with temperate weather. The sun was shining and everything was ready to go for the race to the clouds. Then clouds moved in with a crazy surprise—hail and fog.
Race organizers got the racing started before the weather moved in, which allowed some in the motorcycle classes to set record breaking runs. Chris Fillmore, riding a 2017 KTM Super Duke manage to win the heavyweight motorcycling class as well as set a record with a 9:49.625 lap time.
Codie Vasholtz, no stranger to the Race to the Clouds, won the middleweight motorcycle division with a 10:34.967. Meanwhile, Davey Durelle took top honors in the lightweight motorcycle category. Robert Barber came out on top of the electric motorcycle class, but no electric competitors were able to match Don Canet’s blazing 10:17.813 from last year’s results. This trend would hold for most of the car competitors as well.
Hail-slicked roads made setting lap records a fantasy for most of the car competitors. Roman Dumas won King of the Mountain with a 9:05.672 overall time, but was disappointed despite the win. He wanted to set a new record, but fell short by almost a minute due to spark plug problems and roadway conditions. Other competitors felt the same sting as weather kept the racing from being as fast as it could have been.