I can think of only one reason to be getting up at the ungodly hour of 1:30 am. Yes you heard me, O’dark thirty, and that is to be able to get on the road in time to meet up, with all my crazy racing friends, at our trusty 7-11 in Manitou Springs to head up Pikes Peak for the first official “tire test” weekend, for the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Coffee in hand, and off we go! As we wait for the sun to rise and practice to start, we scout out a good shooting location between the start line and Hansen’s Corner. As the sun starts to break above the trees, we hear a horn sound. Course is green and hot, let’s get ready to race!