They have a race in central Colorado. A Rally known as the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. A race known affectionately to drivers and fans as “The Race to The Clouds.” There have been many crashed on the course, as drivers push up paved and unpaved roadways, surrounded by loose shoulders of dirt and rock, as well as some very large cliffs.
The race has been rolling since 1916, and it’s quite a spectacle. There are multiple vehicle classes, each possessing strict safety codes, because people crash there…a lot. The course measures just over 12 miles, and possesses 156 turns. 156 turns in 12 miles. You can do the math. The current record was set just this weekend. Rhys Millen finished the course in 9:46 in a Hyundai Genesis coupe. Not bad for the brand boasting the world’s best power-train warranty.
Jeremy Foley was one of many racers looking to climb the 4,000-plus feet in altitude this past weekend, and he was well on his way, before he got a little loose around Devil’s Playground. Check it:
More impressive than the crash? Foley only sustained minor injuries. While you can attribute much success to the team that built that roll cage, you can still see that Foley was fortunate, as many of the boulders toward the end of his multiple rolls could have easily put an end to him, finding the spaces in the cage.