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2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The 98th running of the Race to the Clouds. No Fans but plenty of drama. The top seven drivers separated by a total of 15 seconds. In the end, it was Clint Vahsholtz who claimed the overall title with a time of 9:35:490. It's the first time, the Woodland Park racer has been the King of the Mountain and it happened in his 28th year, "It's just going to be a great feeling for the next month, I'm sure. I haven't even absorbed it yet. You know it was just cat and mouse. (It was a) good game of chess, and I came out on top," says Vahsholtz. Kathryn Mead, a rookie and the only female driver competing reached the summit in her first race, "I've been thinking about this for like nine months, visualizing what it would be like to get to the top. It was so much fun! I really liked it and I want to do it again!," says Mead. Then there's Cole Powelson who has been trying to years to log a sub ten minute time. He did it with a time of 9:37.449 and he reaction said it all, "I did it. It's my fifth year driving, sixth year as a team owner. It's a weight off my shoulders. It's… So… Oh my God it feels good man! You're away from your family, you're in the shop, it takes away your time and money. Sometimes you wonder if it's even worth it. I can tell you it is," says Powelson. Then there's Blake Williams who won the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy Division and celebrated by drinking champagne from his shoe, "Champagne, how did that taste? Out of the bottle, good. Out of the shoe, absolutely horrible. We did shoeys with them last year and I forgot to wash them. Now I guess the champagne has kind of been soaking in the sole. That's disgusting. No one is going to want to listen to me again," says Williams.

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