The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is one of the world’s iconic races. Along with the Isle of Man TT, the Erzberg Rodeo and a handful of others, it has attained a mythical status among racers and fans of two- and four-wheeled motorsport.
Held in the Colorado Rockies since 1916, the course is impressive 20km long and made of 156 turns stretching over the clouds with a finish line at 4302m. It’s a time trial challenge for the bravest racers tackling the extremely treacherous course alone. If you are a motorsport fan, this is one of those places that you should visit at least once in your lifetime.
Pikes Peak is also one of the very few motorcycle races that allows true prototype machinery to compete. That’s what attracted David Sanchez, a Moto2 electronics and telemetry engineer from Spanish company BOTTPOWER. They design and build incredible street bikes using Buell V-twin engines mounted in their own large diameter and with distinctive chassis. They have also signed Pikes Peak regular and class winner Travis Newbold to pilot their racer.
BOTTPOWER decided to take-on the factory teams and the mountain and built a one-off race bike the BOTT XR1R for the 2017 PIKES PEAK RACE and ROTOBOX joined the team as one of the sponsors, providing the team our new model BOOST Carbon Fiber Wheels.
RACE DAY June 25th 2017
Finally Sunday arrived, the race day. There was a lot of tension and not too much work for the team. Just warm up the engine, mount the tire warmers, adjust the tire pressures, warm up the engine again, fill the fueltanks, switch on the GoPros… and cross our fingers.
The start moment arrived and once that Travis disappeared after the first corner, the Team could only watch a monitor with the section times, waiting for him to appear in each of the sections,… until he finally appeared on the screen in first position with a time of 10 minutes 28 seconds! There was a lot of happiness and hugs between the team members.
Travis raced the Bottpower XR1R to a big class win in the “Challenge Exhibition Powersport” and “Challenge Motorcycle” categories and 4th overall motorcycle!
A fantastic result for a motorbike which was completely new and almost with no development time. Also it was their first time in the mountain. Fortunately Travis had a lot of experience in Pikes Peak and he did a smooth and clean race, without big moments.
Read more about building and testing of the insane Bottpower XR1R Pikes Peak Racer here. bottpower.com/pikes-peak-project/