Radical Lines, Motorcycles and K&N Apex Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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“K&N Engineering Air and Oil Filters are great,” said Paul Livingston of Team Falkner Livingston (FL). “As I walked around the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb I saw K&N Filters everywhere.”

Livingston was there in support of KTM Racer Micky Dymond in the big bore 750 cc class. Dymond’s key sponsor is All Access Racing, supported by Falkner Livingston Racing.

Gary Trachy and Micky Dymond, Falkner/Livingston Racing Photo
Gary Trachy and Micky Dymond, Falkner/Livingston Racing photo
In one of the most spectacular motorcycle races at this year’s Race to the Clouds, former record holder Dymond did this year’s climb exactly one second slower than winner Gary Trachy. Trachy rode his Husqvarna 660 up the hill in 11.42.841, despite a broken clutch cable.

“Gary and Micky were in the front at the start but Micky took the hole shot,” said FL Assistant Team Manager Becca Livingston. “At one corner Gary passed Micky and they went through the half-way mark one second apart. Both riders took all their turns early and were on the gas and almost upright by the time they reached the apex. But Gary ended up taking the race at the top. They are good friends but fierce competitors.”

Both Dymond and Trachy rode the 12.4 mile course to a 14,110 foot summit with K&N Motorcycle Filters on their motorcycles. The “Race to the Clouds” has been an annual event since 1916. There are no guardrails, 2000 foot drops and 156 hair-raising turns. The course is part dirt and part pavement and a real challenge for the best racers.

Gary Trachy shows Micky Dymond the way up, Falkner/Livingston Racing Photo
Gary Trachy shows Micky Dymond the way up, Falkner/Livingston Racing Photo
The weather went to rain, hail and snow in a heart beat at the Colorado Springs race. For the second time in three years and the third time in race history organizers called for a new finish line due to bad weather. All the motorcycles, quads and most of the cars and trucks were able to reach the summit. But open wheel and unlimited did not get the chance and ended at an area called Devil’s Playground, roughly 4 miles short of the finish line at the top.

“K&N Filters owned the mountain,” said Paul Livingston. “They allowed the motorcycle engines to breathe, despite the changes in altitude and the extreme temperature changes.”

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