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Cycle News 2019 Issue 29 July 23

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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THE RACE TO THE CLOUDS P84 Feature THE 97 TH RUNNING OF PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL IN ITS HISTORY. RECORDS WERE BROKEN, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, 2019 BY RENNIE SCAYSBROOK PHOTOGRAPHY BY LARRY CHEN PIKES PEAK Sitting in the hire truck, watching re-runs of my ride from the 2017 Pikes Peak Inter- national Hill Climb, it strikes me that I feel dramatically calmer than in any of my pre- vious attempts in The Race To The Clouds. No one is looking at me. I'm locked away in the air-conditioned comfort of a Ram 4x4, taking final mental notes of the course, waiting for my time to saddle up. Finally, I get a little antsy. Even though it's about 15 minutes before my start, I decide the brain has had enough study and I take my walk to the Ducati Hot Grid, greet my Aprilia USA team members, and take a seat behind my Aprilia Tuono Factory 1100. My close mate, Chris Fillmore, calls my name from two bikes down the grid. We lock eyes, give each other a thumbs up, and simultaneously say, "see you at the top." The silence is split as Germany's Lucy Glockner fires her BMW HP Race. The wait- ing crowd and the assembled team members from BMW, KTM, Ducati and Aprilia give her The highest finishing line in motorcycle racing sees Rennie cross it as a winner for the first time, right before tragedy struck.

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