Pikes Peak Hill Climb increase purse

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Motorcycle and quad riders in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will have extra incentive to reach the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak in first place this year. The PPIHC board of directors approved a guaranteed...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Motorcycle and quad riders in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will have extra incentive to reach the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak in first place this year.

The PPIHC board of directors approved a guaranteed $20,000 payoff for four divisions, 750 Pro, 500 Pro, 250 Pro and Super Quads at a recent meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo. The new purse reflects an increase of about $5,000 over last year's prize money f or the Motorcycle Hill Climb.

"What this represents is the first step in attracting more competitors and sponsors to this race," said Don Riggle, motorcycle representative on the PPIHC board of directors. "Our goal is to build this race into an event that will draw riders from all aspe cts of motorcycle racing."

The prize money increase means the purse for the Motorcycle Hill Climb is closer to that offered at similar motorcycle races in the U.S.

There were about 80 competitors in the 750 Pro, 500 Pro, 250 Pro and Super Quad classes last year. Sidecars and Vintage bikes also race in the Hill Climb, but they do not receive prize money.

"It's good to see that they are increasing the prize money,'' said Davey Durelle, a four-time motorcycle champion on Pikes Peak. "It's been a while since they've given us something more to race for.'' Durelle said the boost in the purse could significantly raise interest in the Hill Climb's motorcycle competitions.

"We'll probably get more riders to come," he said. "Once they do it and find out how much fun it is, they'll bring their friends with them next year."

Motorcycle, sidecar and quad entries for the 2001 race have poured into the Hill Climb office and are on pace to surpass last year's total of 104 competitors.

The race will be held on June 30th this year. Race week begins with the 2001 Kickoff and Technical Inspection at the Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs. Cars and trucks will practice June 25-27 and qualify on June 28. Motorcycles, sidecars and quads practice June 28 and qualify on June 29.

-PPIHC

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