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New records set at Pikes Peak climb amid heart-stopping crashes
By Justin Hyde | Motoramic – Mon, Aug 13, 2012 9:00 AM EDT

This year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was bound to be the fastest ever in its 90-year history as environmental concerns had led to the paving of the road up to the 14,110-foot summit for the first time. Sure enough, records fell throughout the day, with champion Rhys Millen besting last year's fastest time with a 9 minute, 46.164 second run, a victory of two-hundredths of a second over the next runner. But the day was punctuated by two serious crashes that show just how dangerous the new Pikes Peak can be.

The Pikes Peak climb ranks among the world's most challenging race events, running a 12-mile course with 153 turns whose altitude changes saps power from engines and drivers. Unlike other races, there's few limits on what can be raced, with everything from motorcycles with sidecars to custom-built 1,000-hp race cars tackling the course every year.




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