Our tickets are booked, our bags are almost packed, and this weekend we’re headed to Pikes Peak Downhill! We will be attending and documenting the second annual Pikes Peak Downhill Skateboard Race in the grand state of Colorado. This gnarfest takes place on the Pikes Peak road, and if it’s anything like last year then we are in for a treat! This race features some of the fastest and most technical downhill riding taking place in North America, as if the views alone weren’t enough to make the trek worthwhile! It goes without saying—but we’ll say it anyway—our stoke submarine is fully submerged!
We received some official verbiage from our pal Connor Welles regarding this year’s race, and we are here now to pass it along to you:
Sep. 7th, 2014 – Watch 100 of the world’s fastest skateboarders take on Pikes Peak, home of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Top racers are travelling to Colorado from around the world, for one of the most highly anticipated stops on the International Downhill Federation World Cup Tour.
Starting from 11,400 feet of elevation, racers will compete on a 1.4 mile long course, with sweeping turns, steep drops, and banked hairpin corners. Race heats feature four racers at a time, with wheel-to-wheel battles for position, and top speeds of 50+ mph. Spectators can expect great views, right next to the action, against the stunning backdrop of the Pikes Peak Highway.
Pikes Peak Downhill Schedule of Events:
Saturday, September 6th – Practice and Qualifying 10:00am to 5:00pm*
Competitors will take runs throughout the day, learning the fastest lines, and honing their drafting and passing strategies for race day. Practice will culminate in a series of timed qualifying runs, where each racer’s best time will determine how they are seeded in Sunday’s racing bracket.
Sunday, September 7th – Race Day 10:00am to 5:00pm*
Competitors will begin the morning with two to three practice runs to warm up, and then racing will begin at 11:00am. The race will run in brackets of four racers per heat, double elimination style, where the top two riders advance, and the bottom two riders are eliminated.
Check out the website for complete details: www.pikespeakdownhill.com
*Weather can be unpredictable on Pikes Peak, and may delay the event proceedings, please be prepared for modifications to the schedule in the case of rain. Layered clothing is strongly recommended.