Tuesday, September 2, 2014

UPDATE: Skateboarders hit Pikes Peak

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM

The world's top skateboarders hit the peak this weekend, and despite 50+ mph speed, no one died. Bravo on that one.

And the winner was...

Jimmy Riha of the United State (San Diego), led the way, leading the chart and finishing atop the day with 1000 points. That kept him in fifth place in the Open Skateboard standings behind Patrick Switzer of Canada, who has 5,457 points on the circuit to 4,524 for Riha, who enjoyed a fabulous run on America's Mountain on a sunny 67 degree day with perfect highway conditions.
The rest of the 119 racers lined up as follows:





Personally, my interest in skateboarding ended some time in 1988, when I decided that laying belly-down on a board while plummeting down a hill was a good idea. I'm pretty sure I left a dent in someone's parked car with my face. 

Be that as it may, I am not against watching someone else skateboard down a really big hill at 50 miles per hour (may the force be with them). And this weekend will bring an opportunity to do exactly that, when the world's fastest skateboarders descend a 1.4 mile course on Pikes Peak. Apparently, the course will include "sweeping turns, steep drops, and banked hairpin corners."

The International Downhill Federation is bringing 119 racers to the international event including 94 men, 18 juniors and seven women. To learn more read the release from the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation:

If Speed Is Your Thrill, Here's An Event On Pikes Peak This Coming Weekend You'll Never Forget!

This coming weekend, the world's fastest skateboarders will compete on a 1.4 mile course full of sweeping turns, steep drops, and banked hairpin corners. With speeds expected at 50+ mph this race down Pikes Peak is one of the most anticipated stops on the International Downhill Federation schedule. Check out the course map here.

A total of 119 racers will tackle Pikes Peak, now a major international event with competitors from Australia. Brazil. Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Malaysia, Peru, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain and the United States. The field consists 94 Open (Men), 18 Juniors and seven women.

The Pikes Peak Downhill Invitational opens on Saturday the 6th with practice and qualification runs through out the day starting at 9:00 a.m. Sunday final practice starts at 9:00 a.m. with the official race starting at 10:00 a.m. The race will be ran in heats of 4-6 racers, each will be timed individually until the final rounds where only the winners will advance.

The summit at Pikes Peak, a National Historic Landmark, is the most visited mountain in North America, and the second most visited mountain in the world.

Over a half million people reach the summit house every year, via the Pikes Peak Highway, the world's highest toll road at 14,115 feet.

Constructed in 1915, the Pikes Peak highway has been home to the legendary Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for nearly 100 years. Also known as The Race to the Clouds, the Hill Climb famously competed on dirt and gravel for decades, from the halfway point of the 19-mile highway, to the summit. In 2011, the highway was paved all the way to the top, opening up the fastest, and most challenging curves, to downhill skateboarding for the first time.

Against this stunning backdrop, rich in racing and motorsports history, the world's fastest skateboarders will compete on a course starting above 11,000 feet, with 1.5 miles of sweeping turns, steep drops, and banked hairpin corners. With top speeds expected to reach 50+ mph, the Pikes Peak Downhill course is one of the most highly anticipated stops on the International Downhill Federation schedule.

The Pikes Peak Downhill is free to the public other then the toll fee ($12.00) to access the Pikes Peak Highway. The Pikes Peak Highway will be open to regular traffic in 20 minute intervals that allow racers to complete their heats. Spectators are permitted to park at the Ski Area as there is no parking along the race course.

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