Taming the beast

Honda race team has success at Pikes Peak climb



Bellefontaine’s Zach Jacobs, an associate at Honda R&D, races his motorcycle in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. (HONDA PHOTOS)


It is frightening enough to race a motorcycle 100 miles per hour. Doing that on a winding course up a 14,000-foot mountain provides a challenge that only the most extreme of adrenaline junkies have the courage to tackle.

Bellefontaine’s Zach Jacobs fits that bill. He was part of a group of Honda associates that recently competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Jacobs raced his motorcycle, a Honda CBR600RR, up the 156-turn, 12.42-mile course in 11 minutes and 11 seconds to place fifth in his class.

“Pikes Peak is a very demanding course with ever-changing conditions that are extremely difficult to predict,” said Jacobs. “Then, on top of that, you mix in the 156 turns, lack of oxygen, and unprotected corners with 1,000-foot drop-offs, and you have a real monster on your hands.”



Members of the Honda Performance Development race team take a break from their preparation for the Pikes Peak race to gather for a picture.



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