Video of the Day: Race pace to the top of Pikes Peak

Ride along with Rhys Millen

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The Climb to the Clouds is done on a road with little guardrail and deep drop offs

Each year, thousands of people drive — well, white-knuckle their way might be a more accurate description of the cautious pace preferred when it comes to driving to the summit of Pikes Peak. 

But once each year, the pace of that drive quickens to seemingly insane rates as racers see how fast they and their machines can do the “Climb to the Clouds.”

The Video of the Day provides a racer’s-eye view from a camera mounted on the helmet worn by Rhys Millen, son of rally star Rod Millen, in his ascent in 2017.

PS: As you watch, don’t forget to breathe. Oh, and if you want to have fun, try counting the number of times Millen shifts gears as he climbs to the clouds.


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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

4 COMMENTS

  1. After viewing the drive, very exciting by the way, what is the shifting pattern or technique? I could not understand how he was shifting???

    • He is using a sequential gearbox. The only time the clutch is disengaged is before pulling away in first gear and coming to a stop with the car running. The shift pattern is pull down for upshifts and push forward for downshifts — similar to the old B&M Click Shifters. Sequential paddle shifters are now used in Formula One and IndyCars. Previous to paddles, those cars also had shift levers. hope that explains it…

  2. I guess the team budget didn’t allow 2-3 people at roadside filming the car from a distance on some risky, difficult parts of the course. Not even a shot of the entire car at the start area.

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