Cars will race to the top of a 14,115ft mountain in Colorado, snow may pose a hazard

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The sound of roaring engines will echo loudly over Pikes Peak on Sunday, as dozens of race cars blast down a road leading to the summit at speeds well over 100 miles per hour.

On June 26, the 100th race of the iconic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb vehicular race will take place outside of Colorado Springs. Ticket holders can attend the race, while anyone can attend Fan Fest – a celebratory party that takes place in downtown Colorado Springs on Friday, attracting thousands of people.

The race covers a 12.42-mile stretch of the Pikes Peak Highway, eventually reaching the 14,115-foot summit after 156 turns. In addition to handling high-speed turns, drivers must also be prepared for treacherous mountain weather conditions, deadly roadside drops, and wild animals in their path.

This year is also likely to be risky if the race goes as planned. Mountain-Forecast.com forecast light snow on Pikes Peak the day before the race and during the morning hours, with cloudy skies and sub-freezing temperatures at the summit during the race. Last year, similar conditions that created icy roads, resulting in the race three mile shortcut.

The first edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb took place in 1916. More than 100 years later, the course record was set in 2018 by French pilot Romain Dumas. Driving an electric Volkswagen, Dumas covered the 12.42-mile stretch in just 7 minutes and 57 seconds. The best course time in the first race of 1916 was 20 minutes and 55 seconds.

Find the full program of events here and the official race website here. Although tickets are required to attend the event on the mountain (must be purchased on line), the Fan Fest event is free and popular with the public.

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