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.