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Racers Compete in Lands End Hill Climb

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Updated: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:45:22 MST

GRAND MESA, Colo.- On your mark, get set, go!  Sunday was the final day in the weekend long Lands End Hill Climb Race.


"It's a race against time and yourself. It's about competition and bettering yourself and trying to do the best you can to win your class" said Rodney O'Maley, Race Director.



"The build up is really intense and there are a lot of nerves. But once the green flag goes, it’s intense but just a lot of fun. You're sliding all over the place, it's just a blast," said Dan Novembre, Racer.


The Lands End Hill climb originally started in 1940 and a Grand Junction man still brings history to the race.


"That's a replica of my Dads race car Lands End 1941. Lands end back then was a large race. About 10,000 people came out to watch that race," said Jim Baughman.


There was also a new addition this year as Motorcycle Racers came out. But how does racing on a bike compare to racing in a Car?


"It's different There’s no role cage so it’s more scary. And there's more thrill to racing a motorcycle on dirt," said J.R. Cline.


What do they love so much about racing? 


"It’s all about the people, the atmosphere and the spectators. Also, the little kids on the side wanting to smack your hand. It's really nice to see the support that we have,” added Cline.


Tight turns, loose gravel and deep drop ledges make this race a challenging but eventful one.

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