GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — It’s an annual pre-race meet up.
On Friday, dozens of racers competing in the 2019 Lands End Hill Climb gathered at Warehouse 25 Sixty-Five in Grand Junction, preparing for the two-day trek on the Grand Mesa.
According to organizers, The Lands End Hill Climb is the third-oldest race in the United States. It’s a five-mile trail in Whitewater on the Mesa, initially run in 1916. It has been run in consecutive years since 2001, and attracts nearly 75 racers from all across the state.
The President of the Colorado Hill Climbing Association, Erny Shucraft, urges fans to witness the spectacle.
“A lot of people think we’re nuts,” Shucraft said, “We’re out here pushing our cars up the side of a mountain road at 100 miles an hour.”
“We have people that come up to us after our runs and say ‘hey, you guys are pretty crazy for doing what you do.’ But it’s worth it. It’s definitely worth it.”
Tickets are $15 for access to the two-day event. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. Saturday for the practice and qualifying, and 9:00 a.m. Sunday for the final races. More information on purchasing tickets can be found on chcaracing.com