Motorcycle Competitors In The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Will Enjoy New Safety Initiatives In 2014Monday, Jun. 16 2014
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Colorado Springs, June 16 – Thanks to the AMA, all 71 motorcycle riders who compete in the 2014 The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the motorcycle divisions, an AMA-sanctioned competition event, on June 29 in Colorado Springs, will be better protected in the event of a crash, thanks to the Roadracing World Action Fund.
The AMA is the largest motorsports organization in the world, overseeing 80 professional and more than 4,000 amateur events each year. The AMA also maintains the Motorcycle Hall of Fame located near Columbus, Ohio. It is the designated governing body of motorcycle sports the US by the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).
“We appreciate the Roadracing World Action Fund providing soft barriers for deployment at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb,” said AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow. “Safety is paramount at all AMA-sanctioned events, and this soft barrier deployment can help reduce rider injuries in the event of a crash.”
The Roadracing World Action Fund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping prevent injuries by providing Airfence-brand soft barriers for deployment at road racing and dirt-track events. The soft barriers are positioned in front of walls and other trackside obstacles and combine a system of internal air chambers and blow-off valves to absorb energy and reduce the force of impact in the event of a crash.
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the oldest motorsports events in the world. Known as “The Race to the Clouds,” the first running was in 1916. The race is run on a 12.42-mile course with 156 turns. It begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak. The motorcycle portion of the competition is AMA-sanctioned.
Organizers of the race have gone to great lengths to proactively ramp up safety for spectators and competitors this year already.
New spectator regulations will be put into place this year that will limit viewing to six locations on the course. In contrast to all previous PPIHCs where fans roamed at will, sometimes actually crossing the race course, fans will be limited to about a mile and a half of viewing territory. Once fans are in place in one of the six designated viewing spots, they will not be allowed to move elsewhere, as in the past.
Race organizers have placed 1,000 hay bales on the course, compared to 375 last year. And this year’s race will have 13,030 feet of protective fencing, compared to 4,140 last year.
“We anticipate some pushback from people who have gone up there for many years and have their favorite spot,” said Tom Osborne, the race’s chairman of the board in an interview with The Gazette in Colorado Springs. “Quite honestly, if we had a major incident and 20 people were killed by a car going 150 miles per hour, the race would be in jeopardy.”
Losing the 98-year-old race, Osborne said, would be a large blow to the community.
An economic study after last year’s Hill Climb found that the race generated 20,800 out-of-town visitor nights in Colorado Springs, $6.6 million in direct sales by local businesses and more than $500,000 in sales and lodging taxes, as well as the income tax from the equivalent of 111 full-time jobs that are created as a result of the race.
“It’s up to the organizers of the race, the board of directors, to make sure of the safety of the race for the riders and drivers,” Osborne said. “If it’s a little inconvenience to the spectators we apologize, but if we don’t do this it’s shame on us.”
“We’re happy to work with the AMA and the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb on this soft barrier deployment,” said John Ulrich, founder and president of the Roadracing World Action Fund and an AMA board member. “The Roadracing World Action Fund’s mission is to make racing safer for competitors, and soft-barrier deployment is an important piece of a comprehensive safety program. We’d like to thank all the individuals, organizations and businesses that have contributed to the Roadracing World Action Fund for making this and other deployments possible.”
For more information about the Roadracing World Action Fund, see actionfund.roadracingworld.com.
Tickets for The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb are available online at www.ppihc.com
Race Day General Admission Online: $40 online
Race Day General Admission Week of Purchase: $50 online (Tickets are available for purchase (in person) during race week at the locations listed on the Race Week Schedule available on the official website
Family 4 Pack: $135 (In order to use the Family 4 Pack, all 4 people must be in 1 vehicle)(sold online only)
Individual weekly pass: $120 (Race Day Ticket + 4 Practice day tickets)(sold online only)
Camping Permits Sold Out!
The 92nd Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be live-streamed across the world through a recently developed online media portal. Featuring footage from the PPIHC archives dating back to the 1920s, this portal will entertain motorsports fans with rare content as they patiently wait to enjoy flag-to-flag coverage of the Race to the Clouds on June 29th. For more information about the PPIHC Media Portal please click here.
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