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#320688 06/28/10 11:52 pm
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Had a great time at the Hillclimb yesterday. I did not ride this year (sold my bike I rode last year) There were 10 vintage entries. Hillclimb veteran Chuck Lee rode the vintage class for the first time this year and was very fast all week. Eddie Mulder knew he had a race this year and was up for it at 67 years young. Eddie qualified fastest but Chucks practice times were better in most sections. On race day the bikes ran after the cars so we waited all day and just about the time everyone gridded up the clouds blew in and the temperature dropped about 10 degrees. Luckily the rain held off on the course and they dropped the flag. Eddie got the holeshot followed by Chuck with Mickey Alzalo bumping bars with Bobby Spann of Sharkfin racing. I met Bobby last year at the Hillclimb when he loaned me a mainshaft after I spun a clutch hub in practice. Bobby is a ice racing champion from Colorado and loves to race. I helped him with a motor rebuild this year and went to lend a hand for the weekend. You can not see much of the race from the pits so you have to listen to the radio to get results. Chuck was the first to the top with a time of 12:58 followed by Eddie Mulder With Mickey and Bobby only seconds apart after twelve miles of racing. Bobby did a 14:06 his fastest time ever and riding a stock framed 1970 Triumph against the ultra modern top three bikes in the class. You need to go to this event!
The vintage class rules at Pikes Peak says the rider has to be 50 years old. We are pushing for a 50 and under vintage class for next year. If you are interested please let me know. It takes a full week to go and run the hill but is worth the time and effort. There is more pavement being laid down this year and the road should be all pavement by 2012. I know every year I go, I can not think about anything else for weeks. It is a awesome place!

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Count me in in the years to come keith if they change they age limit ,if not im there soon any way.:-)sounds like alot of fun.

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Love to able to spectate, but doesn't seem to be a spectator type event which is understandable considering the distance and long climb.

P.S. I would have thought it better unpaved rather than all paved give the sliders a better chance but waht do I know grin

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Very cool Keith, thanks for the report.
I'd be interested if they get the age limit changed.
40+ I qualify for. :-)

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Yeah, I thought the mix of surfaces made it all the better and more challenging, not that it isn't challenging enough as it is. I wouldn't mind giving it a go if they add a 50- class. Still got a ways to go to hit 40.

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The unpaved sections are more gravel than dirt. Try riding on a gravel road at 90mph. I don't like it.

Jack Wilson used to say " Dirt is for worms and taters, asphalt is for racing"

All pavement means you can ride your roadracer and not have to have a special built bike.

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Originally Posted by RPM
The unpaved sections are more gravel than dirt. Try riding on a gravel road at 90mph. I don't like it.

Jack Wilson used to say " Dirt is for worms and taters, asphalt is for racing"



I wouldn't either, that's why I would rather be a spectater rather than a rider.

Have to say though that I'm very impressed with riders who do that. With all due respect, isn't that the reason Eddie Mulder has won the vintage class of Pike's Peak so many times when it was mostly gravel he being a great flattracker back in the day...?

P.S. I enjoyed this interview with a young looking Eddie Mulder (can't believe that he's 66 years old!) http://www.blip.tv/file/1634338

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The unpaved sections are more gravel than dirt. Try riding on a gravel road at 90mph. I don't like it.

Jack Wilson used to say " Dirt is for worms and taters, asphalt is for racing"



I wouldn't either, that's why I would rather be a spectater rather than a rider.

Have to say though that I'm very impressed with riders who do that. With all due respect, isn't that the reason Eddie Mulder has won the vintage class of Pike's Peak so many times when it was mostly gravel he being a great flattracker back in the day...?

P.S. I enjoyed this interview with a young looking Eddie Mulder (can't believe that he's 66 years old!) http://www.blip.tv/file/1634338


I though it was "Dirt is for racing, asphalt is for getting there!"

So Eddie got beat, huh? Well, maybe folks will stop asking him to quit racing Pike's Peak. I read an article a while back in which the other usual vintage racers were asking them to disqualify Eddie because he had dominated the race for so long. Eddie's reply was: "I'm sixty f-ing six years old! Do they think that just because I once held a national number that my sh!t comes out in plastic bags?"

I hope I have that kind of spunk when I'm 66!


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