Western Window Systems, along with Associated Building Supply, is proud to sponsor one man’s upcoming attempt to set a world record as he powers his hand-built Triumph 750 motorcycle up one of the tallest mountains in the United States.
On Sunday, June 25, 59-year-old Keith Speir, who owns Channel Islands Floorcoverings in Ventura County, California, will race in the 95th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. The semi-professional motorcycle racer missed setting the record by a little over one second in the 2015 race, which he won. This year, he says, “I’m going to set the record.”
The 12.42-mile course features 156 turns, most of them above the tree line amid rapidly falling temperatures, thinner oxygen, and weather conditions that can change at a moment’s notice. Racers climb 4,720 vertical feet, from a starting line at an elevation of the 9,390 feet, to the Pikes Peak summit at 14,115 feet above a sea level. As the paved race course approaches the summit, the road no longer features guardrails, meaning Speir and the other races are fearlessly zooming around what he calls “blue sky corners.”
Speir raced dirt bikes semi-professionally as a teenager and re-entered the competitive circuit around the time he turned 40 years old. When he tackles Pike Peak this time around, he’ll be in the Exhibition PowerSports class. He refers to his Triumph 750 as a top-of-the-line machine, hand-built using parts created for him by colleagues and former competitors in the sport.
Best of luck to Keith on his quest for a world record.