2005 FALKEN TIRE PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB SATURDAY POST-RACE NOTES: MOTORCYCLES Nathan Conley repeated his 250 Pro victory and retired from two wheels as a winner, thanks to his run of 13:00.651. He says he will stop ...
2005 FALKEN TIRE PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB SATURDAY
POST-RACE NOTES: MOTORCYCLES
Nathan Conley repeated his 250 Pro victory and retired from two wheels as a winner, thanks to his run of 13:00.651. He says he will stop racing motorcycles on Pikes Peak and will come back next year in a rally car. "It's probably a little slow. We just tried to run a smart pace and win the race," Conley said. "I can't be more happy. That's the way we wanted to go out. We're definitely going to be ready for four wheels next year."
Davey Durelle repeated as 500 Pro champion after a week that has taken from Colorado to Kansas and back. He won with a time of 12:22.491. "Wow. That's a little bit of a surprise. I'm glad it all worked out," Durelle said. "I didn't know if I was going to be the winner today or not. Everything was really tough. It was a tough weekend for me. I didn't really get a lot of time on the mountain. I rode another event last night in Kansas. We rode back all night long. We ended up skipping qualifying. It's been a busy weekend."
A well-known Supermoto racer, Micky Dymond was convinced by Gary Trachy to come to the PPIHC. Dymond decided to race the 750 Pro class and won his rookie event with a run of 12:12.614. "It was drier and there wasn't as many shades (in the road) and I got lost a couple times," Dymond said. "It really was good but it wasn't like it was yesterday. So it was different. All in all it was good. I'm sure this is like epic conditions here and I lucked out. I can definitely tell you unless I'm not able to ride or I don't have a bike or I'm in jail or something, we'll be back!"
Gary Trachy took the first-ever PPIHC Supermoto title with his run of 12:18.735. It's his third victory at the Hill Climb in three different divisions, having also won in the 250 Pro and 750 Pro classes. "It would have been a much more pleasant checkered flag if I would have saw my brother up here as well (Greg Tracy, who was racing 500 Pro). It looked like he broke about three-quarters of the way up," Trachy said. "That's a real disappointment for me and my family. I'm real happy to break the 12:21 mark and to have a faster time than Davey Durelle in the 500 class. They've got 50 ccs on me so I'm real happy about that. This is just one of the places that we love coming to. We gear up for this. Our family gears up for this every year because this is such a special event. It's a whole community of racers. The mountain means everything to them. That's what it's about at Pikes Peak: getting to the top of the hill, doing the best that you can and looking at this beautiful view. It's just awesome. You can't beat it."
John Stallworth returned to the PPIHC and won the Pro Quads race with a time of 12:23.175. He took time off last year to recover from a concussion. John Angel won the Quads race then in a bike owned by Stallworth. "I got held up, big time," Stallworth said. "It's too spooky on the asphalt to make a pass. I didn't get a good start. (Jim) Goertz got 100 yards ahead of me. It took me a while to get by him."
Anders Nilsson did what he came to do: take the Sidecar class record back to his home country of Sweden. He last won the PPIHC in 2000, only to see his record broken by the Whitney brothers. He regained the record this year with a run of 13:17.157. He tried a new approach of muscling his bike through the turns, using more brute force but saving the brakes. It wore him out, but it worked. "The reason we came to this beautiful country was for the record," Nilsson said. "Thank you, everybody who helped us. The ride was hard. I was so tired, but I had brakes the whole way. The other years I would brake too much. When you come to Devil's Playground without brakes -- wow!" This will likely be Nilsson's last year competing at the PPIHC. He says the travel is too expensive and keeps him away from his two children in Sweden for too long.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of his first competitive ride up Pikes Peak, Mickey Alzola took the Vintage crown with a run of 14:28.140. "I thought I'd be a little bit faster but I'm just happy to be up here," Alzola said. "This is a challenge. The mountain can bite you real easily. I'm grateful. It was 30 years ago, my first time up here, so I had to come back for that anniversary."