Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
One of the world’s iconic races, along with the Isle of Man TT, the Erzberg Rodeo and a handful of others, it has attained an almost mythical status among racers and fans of two and four-wheeled motorsport.
Held in the Colorado Rockies, since 1916, the course is 12.42 miles (20km) and made up of 156 turns, with a finish line at 14,115ft (4302m), that’s only 500m less than the summit of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe. It’s a time trial, each rider tackling the extremely treacherous course alone, trying to get close to Chris Fillmore's motorcycle course record of 9:49:625, set on a KTM Super Duke 1290R in 2017. To get anywhere close to that virtually every turn is attacked with a knee on the tarmac. The consequences of even a small mistake are catastrophic.
Pikes Peak is also one of the very few motorcycle races that allows true prototype machinery to compete. That’s what attracted Spanish company BOTTPOWER. They design and build incredible looking street bikes, using Buell V-twin engines mounted in their own large diameter, single tube frames, and sell kits for home builders to create their own.
BOTTPOWER decided to take-on the factory teams and the mountain and built a one-off race bike the BOTT XR1R for the 2017 PIKES PEAK RACE and KRIEGA joined the team as one of the main sponsors.
With Travis Newbold as rider, the team finished 4th overall and won the “Challenge Exhibition Powersport” and “Challenge Motorcycle” categories.
pikes peak 2018
On the 24th JUNE 2018 the Bottpower team will return to Colorado. This year the rider is Rennie Scaysbrook, who finished 2nd in the last 2 Pikes Peak editions riding a KTM. He is one of the very few riders who has managed to climb the mountain in less than 10 minutes.
Besides racing in Pikes Peak, Rennie is the road test editor of Cycle News magazine. At the end of January, Ducati made the world presentation of the new Ducati Panigale V4 in Ricardo Tormo circuit (Valencia, Spain) and Rennie visited the city to test it. Taking advantage of that fact that he was coming to Valencia, home town of BOTTPOWER they organized a small test that allowed Rennie to have a first contact with the BOTT XR1R.
Testing took place at “Kartodromo Lucas Guerrero” a go-kart track which is quite close to Ricardo Tormo Circuit. Rennie adapted quickly to the bike and at the end he was riding fast, lapping in a constant way in the same lap times, which were the fastest times for the XR1R on this track. See Rennie's views on the XR1R in the video below.
There is a lot of work to be done on the bike before June. With the lessons learnt from 2017 and improvements to the electronics to cope with the extreme changes in altitude which can only really be tested on the Peak itself the team plan to get out to the USA weeks before the 24th in order to set-up the bike up perfectly.
SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION XR1R PACKS
As main sponsor for the BOTTPOWER PIKES PEAK PROJECT we are producing two Special Limited Edition packs based on our best selling R20 Backpack and R3 Waist pack. They include distinctive XR1R embroidered branding and 'Bottpower orange' straps, zip pulls and liners. These are available to PRE-ORDER now online or through our dealer network.