Compton and Holden Tackle Pike’s Peak 2013

December 16, 2013
Byron Wilson
Byron Wilson
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Byron's sure to be hunched over a laptop after the checkers are flown, caught in his own little version of heaven. Whether on dirt, street or a combination of both, MotoUSA's newest addition knows the only thing better than actually riding is telling the story of how things went down.

With two custom-built Kawasaki ZRX1224RR Superbikes, James Compton, owner of SBK Factory, and AMA SuperBike competitor Jake Holden sought to conquer the epic Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb in 2013. Run over 12.42 miles, Pike’s Peak features 156 turns and a rise in elevation of almost 5000 feet with racers starting 9,390 feet above sea-level. The fastest run ever posted on two wheels, by the writing of this article, clocked at 9:52.819 by Carlin Dunne in 2012 on a Ducati Multistrada. It’s not a race for the faint of heart as riders charge up high-speed corners with sheer drop offs.

Holden and Compton worked together for a number of years in AMA Pro Road Racing, dating back to 2006 when Holden was competing in American SuperBike with Michael Jordan Suzuki. Since then they’ve run various makes and models together and have a built-in rapport that made getting up at 1:30 in the morning for practice on the hill a little bit easier.

After plenty of testing and wrenching, the two make it to Pike’s Peak for their first runs up the mountain. The video below, provided courtesy of OnTheThrottle.TV, follows Holden and Compton through their first days in Colorado Springs to race day. There’s some amazing on-bike footage from Holden, Compton and others throughout and it provides a sense of the fun, focus and anxiety that’s involved in running a race like Pike’s Peak. It’s definitely worth a watch, or two.

Head to OnTheThrottle.TV to catch the first three videos in this series where you’ll see Compton explain the choice of machine and work necessary to get them ready for competition, Holden turning laps and hear how the two got working together in the first place.