6. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

If the Goodwood Festival of Speed is a taste of what hill-climb competition is about, then you need to visit the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Now that the 12-mile, 156-turn course is completely paved, records are falling, and new classes are being introduced to accommodate all kinds of motorcycles, including sportbikes and electrics. The race starts at 9000 feet, climbing to over 14,000 feet at the finish, with steep drops or mountain faces there to meet the competitors if they make a mistake. And with nothing separating the spectators from the course (just look at the picture above for proof), you can get as close to the action as you dare.

  • Isle of Man, by a mile.

    • Oslo Norway

      Good over all list too…Man, the TV thing just doesn’t do a mile track justice. Hockey and dirt track miles seem to suffer this fate. A mile race on the dirt in person is a must see deal…

      • fastfreddie

        Agree with the hockey part.Maybe you’re right about the dirt track part too,wouldn’t rule it out…

  • fastfreddie

    If they were still doing Spa franchorchamps on motoGP,I’d still place it second to IoM.But it would have been a great second:)

    Great list

    Edit:Should be needless to say,but check out TT3D:closer to the edge.It’s documovie from IoM which comes also not 3D 😀

  • Billdokie

    I was hoping #1 would be the Isle of Man! I’m going to make it over soon and bring a bike. They say you can ride the course. The Videos are Unreal!

    • TroySiahaan

      Have fun! Yes, there should be opportunities to ride the course. Quite jealous. I’d love to go back.

    • fastfreddie

      If you go there,I would recommend riding around the track very early in the morning (around 5am) rather than mad sunday.Do mad sunday,but be careful then as there are alot of nutters there then.