Published on 23 Jul 2008 by Alison
The Noale twin-cylinder has won in the Colorado mountains in the US, in one of the toughest and most spectacular races of its kind. Aprilia won with the best time across all categories, and leaving more than 23 seonds behind even the winner in the category up to 1200cc.
Pikes Peak is a benchmark that puts man, car and bike to the test: from 2,835 metres, to more than 4,300 metres in 20 kilometres of crazy ascent up asphalt and then at the end across the legendary unsealed Devil’s Playground. It’s one of America’s highest mountains and comprises 156 corners across the edges of precipices, next to the clouds.
The Aprilia SXV 5.5, ridden by local Davey Durelle, left all competitors for dead in the 750cc category, with an extraordinary time of 11 minutes, 42 seconds. The American made the best time across all classes, with an Aprilia victory emphasised by a fifth place with Andrea Padovani and his Dorsoduro.
This incredible performance from an everyday road bike, was also reinforced by Christian Lancellotti coming in eighth with an Aprilia SXV 5.5. The legendary “Race to the Clouds” takes place every year in July in Colorado, and is unique to the world. The old, epic race has reached its 86th edition, and includes all sorts of vehicles, including rally cars, off roads, trucks and the little Aprilia.
via | Aprilia