WHAT IS PIKES PEAK?
They call it the Race to the Clouds. It’s a 12.42-mile hillclimb to the summit of one of the highest mountains in the Colorado Rockies, named after explorer Zebulon Pike. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been running since 1916 and, until the 2012 event, involved a mixed surface of tarmac and gravel. Now it’s a fully paved ribbon of terror up to the inish line at 4302m above sea level. Entrants have to tackle 156 corners, some with sheer drops if you step too far out of line, and 1440m of total incline. Sébastien Loeb has held the record for fastest run, 8:13.878, since 2013, while the electric record, set by Rhys Millen, stands at 8:57.118: that’s what VW aims to beat.