Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina

Ducati Returns to 2017 International Hillclimb With Race Smart Program.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) has proven to be one of the most challenging road racing competitions in the world. First completed in 1916, it’s the second oldest automotive race in the United States. Ducati has secured six victories on the mountain since the company’s debut in 2008 and holds the all-time course record (2012 / Ducati Multistrada 1200 S / 9:52.819).

Recognizing the importance of this historic race Ducati has partnered with the PPIHC for the second year in a row to support the establishment of the Race Smart Program, utilizing the experience of former champions to ensure all registered entrants, whether rookie or veteran, have the highest level of preparation and knowledge prior to the race. The heart of the program is a team of seasoned rider coaches, titled the Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina (PPSA). 

2017 Squadra Alpina Team

For 2017, the PPSA returns with rider coach and all-time PPIHC course record holder, Carlin Dunne, joined by Cycle World Road Test Editor, Don Canet. Both riders will be mounted on Ducati Multistrada 1200 motorcycles. Paul and Becca Livingston also return as the Race Smart Program team managers, with experience fielding teams at the PPIHC since 2006, including Team Spider Grips Ducati’s 2012 record-setting runs under 10 minutes. In order to support all participants at the highest level, all PPSA Rider Coaches will be provided with 2017 Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak motorcycles for the duration of the program. 

Ducati North America, the official motorcycle sponsor of the PPIHC, announced the expansion of the Race Smart Program to include the race’s first-ever, specially-modified EMT motorcycles to serve as the first line of support on the mountain during the 95th running of historic the “Race to the Clouds.” Two specially-equipped Multistrada 950 EMT motorcycles will be piloted by Dr. Gary Klein, long-time race physician, and Safety Team lead for the PPIHC, and Duxton Milam, a 20-year EMT and veteran flight medic with the National Guard. Both also have decades of experience on a motorcycle.  

In addition to the two EMT motorcycles and rider coaches, the PPSA has also been expanded to include four-wheeled team coaches. Fred Veitch, veteran PPIHC racer and member of the Board of Directors for the Hill Climb, as well as the Competition, Driver Selection, and Appeals committees, will join the PPSA team. He is joined by Jeff MacPherson, who has 50 years of competition experience, including the PPIHC, CART Indycar series, USAC Indianapolis 500, European Formula 3000 Championship, Formula Atlantic in North America, and the Pacific in New Zealand and Australia Formula Super Vee.