Pikes Peak Motorcycle class, purse update

The 2005 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Announces Record Purse for Motorcycle Division and Addition of Supermoto Class Colorado Springs, Colo., March 23, 2005 -- The Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the second oldest ...

The 2005 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Announces Record Purse for Motorcycle Division and Addition of Supermoto Class

Colorado Springs, Colo., March 23, 2005 -- The Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the second oldest motorsports event in the United States, today announced a record purse for the motorcycle divisions in the 83rd running of the event and the addition of a Supermoto class.

The Board of Directors unanimously voted to increase the purse for the Motorcycle Divisions of the 2005 Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to a minimum of $12,000. A final purse will be determined once all entries are received. In addition, a Supermoto class will be added to the motorcycle division for the 2005 event.

"We are pleased to announce that the 2005 motorcycle purse is going to exceed $12,000 and that we have added the Supermoto motorcycle division which we think will add more excitement to this year's event," stated Mike Cimino, President of the Board of Directors. "With the enhanced purse and motorcycle division, we expect several additional local and out of state riders to participate in the event."

The Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also called the "Race to the Clouds", was established in 1916, and is a unique auto and motorcycle race which combines a start on asphalt and transitions to a tricky gravel course with an average grade of 7% with 156 turns. The race starts at an elevation of 9390 feet and finishes at 14110 feet above sea level and tests the intelligence and awareness of every competitor. Five different classes run in the motorcycle division including Pro Quads, Pro 250, Pro 500, Pro 750, Vintage and the newly added Supermoto class.

The Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the second oldest motorsports event in the United States. An annual event since 1916, 2005 marks the 83rd running of the "Race to the Clouds". The race is run on a 12-mile course that begins at 9,200 feet and finishes at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak. It features a variety of automotive, semi truck and motorcycle classes with an average of 150 competitors. In 2005, the race is slated for Saturday, June 25th. For more information please visit the official Pikes Peak International Hill climb website at www.ppihc.com

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