I did this event in 2010’ and have a post about it, interesting to look back.
HERE IS THIS YEARS VERSION
First of all, this is a BAD ASS hill climb. Second of all, when you add 50 mph, (44 knowts) winds, and 20’sF, (-6C) temperature, this becomes seriously a race against mother nature, not each other. I have never seen so many hypothermic people in one place. I saw one bicyclists get blown sideways into the mountain, he couldnt react fast enough, the wind turned him 90 degrees and pushed the bike with him on it right into the mountain headfirst. Sounds of people falling off their bikes behind me, crazy. 12 miles, (19 km’s) with a vertical of 4,800’ (1463 meters) with many miles of sustained grades of 10% or greater. The Boulder Field was surreal, heavy fog, Hard Rime Ice formed from about 13k to the summit, covering everything but the road. Many people walking, including myself; the intense headwind stopped me completely. I walked a couple hundred yards when the grade was 13%, winds were 50+mph, (44 knots) in the 13,500’, (4,115 meters) range. Got back on and summited this beast in 2:45 minutes. I finished 57th out of 96 riders, all bicyclists. This was such an incredible experience, on such an iconic mountain, Pikes Peak 14,115’ ,(4,302 meters)