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91st Race to the Clouds Gets Greener

91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb starts up today and racing up the mountain will be more electric vehicles, from motorcycles to 'Monster' electric race cars.

Published: 25-Jun-2013

From the foothills of the Rockies, look east to the brown cloud of smog that cloaks the Denver skyline. To the west is the jagged maw of the Rocky Mountains, one of the most awe-inspiring mountain ranges in the world. Of the 53 peaks rising above 14,000 feet in Colorado, one seems to draw more daredevils than any other: Pikes Peak, outside Colorado Springs.

As the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb starts up today with the technical inspection, the second longest continually running race after the Indy 500 is seeing a surge in electric vehicles. The race to the clouds culminates on Sunday, when more than 157 competitors from 13 countries, driving custom made cars or motorcycles in more than a dozen categories, might go down as the fastest, most competitive one to date and the most ecologically minded.

“A lot of people consider the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb the standard of what a true hill climb is,” says Lincoln Floyd, Director of Development for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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