How to Experience it on the Mountain – and Beyond

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How to Experience it on the Mountain – and Beyond

June 15, 2021 | PPIHC | Competitor, Spectator

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

How to Experience it on the Mountain – and Beyond

Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, is gearing up for the 99th annual Race to the Clouds.

What takes race organizers and competitors 364 days to prepare for culminates with a spectacular one-day motorsports race to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain on Sunday, June 27. Race fans from across the country and around the world will be cheering on their favorites as they tackle the 12.42-mile course.

In addition to the exciting race day action, there are lead-up events and a list of things to do before the big day.


Friday, June 18

Noon (Mountain Daylight Time)

Turn 156

Podcast – “Turn 156” new episode featuring Randy Pobst. Hosted by Robb Holland and Mitch Snow. New episodes every Friday in June.


Saturday, June 19

10:00am – 11:00am (Mountain Daylight Time)

Race to the Clouds ~ 100 Years in the Making

Broadcast on KRDO News Channel 13


Monday, June 21

9:00am – 4:00pm

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Technical Inspection

The Broadmoor World Arena – Parking Lot D

This free event allows fans to see all the drivers as they present their race cars for inspection throughout the day.


Tuesday, June 22 through Friday, June 25

5:30am – 8:30am (Gateway open from 4:00am to 5:00am only)

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – Practice and Qualifying Sessions

Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain

Competitors are divided into groups which practice on one of the three sections of the course throughout the week. The lower section of the course is the qualifying section. There is no qualifying on Friday. This is an optional practice day. Daily admission tickets are available HERE.


Friday, June 25

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Race Merchandise and Ticket Sales at the Switchbacks Fan Zone

Weidner Field

Join us in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs to grab Official 2021 Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb souvenirs and purchase race tickets.

Bring the kids and stay for the soccer game at brand-new Weidner Field. Discounted tickets to see the Switchbacks on June 25th are available HERE.


Sunday, June 27

7:30am Green Flag Drops (Gates open at 2:30am)

99th Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo

Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain

Sixty drivers in six divisions focus on reaching the summit, but the mountain decides who will be crowned King! Spectators are welcome and tickets are on sale now HERE!


Can’t be on the mountain but want to catch the action? Here’s how!

Visit Colorado Springs

Create memories to last a lifetime by exploring all the great outdoor parks, unique eateries and music venues. For a list of what’s going on around town, click HERE 

Escape the summer heat and visit these great museums!

Penrose Heritage Museum – The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience

11 Lake Circle

Open Tuesday – Sunday

9:00am – 4:00pm

Located near The Broadmoor and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, this free museum tells the story of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in spectacular fashion. Visit the Hall of Fame exhibit on the upper level.

United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum

200 S. Sierra Madre Street

Downtown Colorado Springs

Open 7 days a week

Visit this award-winning, uniquely designed and highly interactive museum to explore the inspiring stories of Team USA. Purchase tickets in advance, and use promo code RIDE to save 20%


Lisa Haight
Event Coordinator / Media / Historian
(719) 685-4400

PPIHC author

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