Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: The Race to the Clouds on carbon wheels
Professional motorcycle rider and thyssenkrupp Carbon Components employee Lucy Glöckner proved her talent to the world once again when she conquered the mountain on her Wunderlich BMW S1000R in less than 10 minutes during the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2019. Equipped with thyssenkrupp carbon wheels, the German undercut the magical mark of 10 minutes on the 12.42 miles (19.99 kilometres) long climb by just a mere hair’s breadth and completed the race with more than 156 turns in 9:58,878 minutes.
Being classified as a road race, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb can be raced on carbon wheels and as an experienced rider, Lucy Glöckner said she benefitted strongly from the bike’s improved agility and feedback thanks to the reduced rotating masses. The significantly lower weight of the carbon wheels, as well as further characteristics such as outstanding stiffness and vibration damping create an eminent performance advantage. Additionally, the thyssenkrupp carbon wheels are not for race use exclusively, but rather road-legal across the globe and available for more than 25 superbike models.
The historical race event runs for the 98th time on 30th August 2020, however without spectators and without motorcycles. Nevertheless, tkcarbon’s Lucy Glöckner is competing in the 24 hour race at the prestigious Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans as part of the FIM Endurance World Championship.