Courtesy of Jim Beaver’s Down and Dirty Show

Editor’s note: Colorado native Tommy Boileau will be competing in his first Pikes Peak International Hill Climb later this year. This blog is the first of a series detailing Tommy’s journey to—and up—the mountain.

Ever since I was a kid I can always remember waking up, especially on snow days, and staring at that hill out of my window. Mesmerized by all its glory, knowing the amazing history and the number of my heroes and legends of our sport that tackled it every year since that first race up its winding road in 1916. Ever since that first race, Pikes Peak has captured the interest and hearts of fans and competitors alike, and I have been very fortunate to grow up in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs, with the beautiful fourteener staring down at me every single day. MORE>