Thinking of driving up Pikes Peak (14,115 ft.) this summer? Wondering what it will look like? This is a sneak peek, as seen by Romain Dumas in his winning run last Sunday at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. (No slouch, this man. He had won the 24 Hours at Le Mans just the week before.)
The course was 12.42 miles long and Dumas drove it in 8 minutes, 51.445 seconds. That’s an average speed of 81.288 mph, definitely not recommended for the average sightseer. If you’re not into auto racing and just want to see the scenery, skip to about 4:30, when Dumas gets above treeline. From there you can enjoy occasional glimpses of the land below. Far, far below.
Obviously drivers cannot go back down the mountain until all have finished the race. Then they all go together. This year, as seen on driver Jonathan Frost’s camera, they faced hail and rain. But that’s the way it goes with Colorado weather. You pays your money, you takes your chances.