Colorado wildfires delay the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 1, 2012

It appears that the wildfires threatening Colorado Springs and nearby communities made a new victim: the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 8, the competition will be postponed until alter this summer. According to Tom Osborne, Chairman of the Board of the PPIHC and President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, the U.S. Forest Service said that the conditions are so extreme and they can’t permit the event to go as scheduled.

For those who don’t know, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor sports race behind the Indianapolis 500 and began in 1916. Over the years it earned its place among the world's greatest motor sports events, and it is an important part of the sports heritage of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. "Our deepest concern is for the safety of the public and the competitors, and it was obvious that several agencies charged with public safety would not be able to commit the resources and manpower required to ensure those requirements because of the critical need for their resources at this time. Our city is in an unprecedented struggle right now and we are deeply sensitive to it." said Osborne.

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