Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record-holder Carlin Dunne discusses motorcycling, training for Pikes Peak and the inaugural Race Smart Program.
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As a guest rider for the Falkner Livingston Racing Ducati Team, Canet survives what he calls one of the most harrowing rides of his life.
Ducati riders achieved the Middleweight Division victory and four of the five top motorcycle times of the day at the 92nd running of the historic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This year's introduction of new rules and new motorcycle racing divisions, including the "Motorcycle Middleweight Division" and "Motorcycle Open Division," brought with it a field of strong competitors challenging for top times
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Micky Dymond and Don Canet, and two Multistrada 1200 S models will race the clock to the summit of Pikes Peak in the quest to defend the all-time fastest motorcycle record time of 9:52.819 set on a Spider Grips Ducati Multistrada in 2012. and extend the winning streak of four-consecutive years of victories for Ducati and the Multistrada at Pikes.
Cheer for the Ducati team and receive race updates by visiting the Ducati Twitter (@DucatiUSA), Instagram (DucatiUSA) and Facebook pages (Ducati). You can also view the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb live online atwww.ppihc.com.
Don Canet is the team mate of Micky Diamond on the Pikes Peak Spider Grips Ducati Team and he is providing simply excellent coverage of the event via his Twitter feed Here
All Roads Lead To Pikes Peak 2014, join Ducati for the “Race to the Clouds!” June 27th – June 30th, 2014
Ducati announces a special weekend in the clouds that includes VIP parties, organized rides, special grandstand and full hospitality area course side. More info HERE
This event is really something special. Plus, Guy Martin is racing this year and this smoking deal of a weekend package is the icing on the cake...
Micky was the fastest motorcycle in our class at practice and qualified top position making him the very first competitor off the start line on race day. The course was dry but quite cold and the rain from the last couple of days made it pretty slick. Micky was very fast but about 4 miles into the race the front end washed out and he went down. He ran to the bike and started up the hill again. That cost him about 15 seconds. Further up the course at a very sharp turn he went down again. He and the bike ended up in a gravel washout. He got up and picked up the motorcycle. Even though the motorcycle was damaged he was able to get it going, although he did lose almost 2 minutes. -
It wasn’t the outright course record that we had hoped for, but Carlin Dunne set a superb 10’00.694 time up the mountain on his Lightning Motorcycles electric superbike, besting the top gas-bike time of the day, a 10’21.323 that was set by Bruno Langlois on his 1205cc class Ducati Multistrada 1200 S.
The first major motorsport event to see an electric motorcycle out perform its gas counterparts, the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will surely be remembered as a turning-point for the historic race, and also for motorsport in general.
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Congrats to top 1205 class Ducati Multistrada rider Bruno Langlois for his excellent 2nd overall in motorcycle's and 1st in class effort
Devils Playground – The sunrise from here is amazing – a lot like watching the sun come up from an airplane window. We are 12,750 ft up on the mountain. Micky is running from here to the summit. After the sun rises the bugs appear – non biting, so it’s not a big deal, but Micky starts coming back into the pit looking like a rider from the Isle of Man – bugs splattered all over him and the bike. - See more at: http://spidergrips.com/spiderg/2013/06/practice-day-3-of-4/#sthash.kDnrpRJQ.bPqKlACZ.dpuf
We are back at Glen Cove today. I suspect that the Pikes Peak Race Organization is using this location rather than Cove Creek which is on the schedule, because the electric motorcycles need the power sources here. There are no services at Cove Creek. So lucky us – we get a second day of testing at Glen Cove – although not to the summit – just to 16 Mile today. - See more at: http://spidergrips.com/spiderg/2013/06/practice-day-2-of-4/#sthash.9gF3RG8n.dpuf
Glen Cove: 4:00am. Below freezing temps and the wind is blowing. In fact it is blowing hard enough to topple over the orange cones marking the start line for the official practice runs. Also, it is dark. But we’re at Pikes Peak and oh so happy to be in the cold and dark. We unload the van and set up the tire warmers for the first heat cycle using flashlights.
After a beautiful drive over Independence Pass, the team arrived at our home away from home – the Mecca Motel – on Sunday. Although a great deal of the prep work for the race bikes was done prior to our departure, there always are a few more things that need to be done before tech inspection. So the rest of Sunday flew by as we hit the ground running. - See more at: http://spidergrips.com/spiderg/2013/06/race-week-begins/#sthash.aKeV8HYs.rRcWmZ0c.dpuf
Pikes Peak or Bust! That’s what the pioneers said as they headed west to the Rocky Mountains. The Falkner/Livingston Akrapovic team is in California though, so we’re actually heading east towards Pikes Peak, but still it’s a great motto for the team as we pack up and head out for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. - See more at: http://spidergrips.com/spiderg/2013/06/pikes-peak-or-bust/#sthash.tQbxJGd0.dpuf
Best of luck to our favorite Pikes Peak Team!
While our attention is currently focused on the 2013 Isle of Man TT, the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is just around the corner. Perhaps the closest thing to the TT that ...
We will miss watching Carlin kick the Mountain on the Ducati but wish him the best of luck at this new direction.
Team Ducati’s Greg Tracy’s race up Pikes Peak in under 10:00 minutes. The 10:00 mark was only beat last year by Monster Tajima in his unlimited car. Greg and Carlin Dunne battled for top time in the motorcycle class. This is Greg Tracy’s My Life at Speed.
It’s the number one question everybody asks when you get here, “Have you been on the mountain yet?” Today the answer was yes…
The day started with a group ride from the hotel, a police escorted scoot across town that would have been the highlight of most peoples day if we weren’t headed to Pikes Peak. We gathered up at the gate and headed for a stop by the reservoir. Oddly, it’s from there, not the summit that you get the first grasp of how large this mountain is. The team is here and they show me where the finish is, pointing at a flat spot on the mountain crest far, far away and high overhead. It doesn’t even look like the same mountain, rather another one nearby. Greg Tracy and Carlin Dunne are planning to lead us to the summit and there’s a bar-b-que lunch after.
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There’s a quote that goes ”I like living on the edge. It’s less crowded and the view is better” Nowhere is that more fitting than the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. While riding up to the summit I decide that the difference between this event and the Isle of Man TT is that this race requires a level of commitment that the IOM does not. There is no run off, no room for error and even if you give yourself a wide margin , the mountain might take even that, by adding rain or snow or oil from a blown motor. If it goes wrong, and it did seven times on Sunday, the view changes dramatically. But get it right, you become King (or Queen) of the Mountain and you are literally, on top of the world...
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