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  • Race Week Begins!

    Posted on June 24, 2013

    After a beautiful drive over Independence Pass, the team arrived at our home away from home – the Mecca Motel – on Sunday. Although a great deal of the prep work for the race bikes was done prior to our departure, there always are a few more things that need […]

  • Pikes Peak or Bust!

    Posted on June 22, 2013

    Pikes Peak or Bust! That’s what the pioneers said as they headed west to the Rocky Mountains. The Falkner/Livingston Akrapovic team is in California though, so we’re actually heading east towards Pikes Peak, but still it’s a great motto for the team as we pack up and head out for […]

  • PEAK Grip Motorcyclist Oct. 2012

    Posted on September 28, 2012
  • Hard to believe it’s already been over a month since race day at Pikes Peak 2012. Time has been flying since then. The team has gone back to the things we do when we’re not at Pikes Peak, but I think I can speak for us all in saying that […]

  • Spider Grips/Ducati Team Video 2012

    Posted on September 16, 2012

    Ducati has published a new video about the Spider Grips/Ducati Team at Pikes Peak this year!  Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjADMm47lE0&feature=youtu.be

  • The Day After Tomorrow

    Posted on August 14, 2012

    Sorry for being delinquent in posting this. Race Day was an amazing, breathtaking, awe inspiring event. I really wish that you all could have been there. But it was long, long, long. We staged the race bikes in our pits on Saturday. On Sunday the teams were scheduled to pass […]

  • Tomorrow Never Sleeps

    Posted on August 11, 2012

    Today is day 5 of Pikes Peak Race Week. Officially it is a rest day, but the truth is that while the competitors and crews might get an hour or many two more of sleep; it is not really a ‘rest’ day. There are tires to scrub in, chains to […]

  • Team Curfew

    Posted on August 9, 2012

    Team curfew is 9:00pm. It is now 8:50pm so I only have 10 minutes to tell you about today. I will make it short and sweet. With lots of good photos.     Devils Playground is at 12,780 ft. At that height the view looks like one from a jetliner. […]

  • We were up well before the dawn this morning – 2:45am actually. It sounds worse than it is – the entire team was full of energy and enthusiasm this morning as we rolled out of the parking lot at 3:10. First stop – the Seven Eleven for those who need […]

  • Tech Inspection – Race Week Day 1

    Posted on August 8, 2012

    Today was the first official day of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb’s Race Week. Tech Inspection opened at 8:00am. By 9:00 we were there with the team and had the bikes unloaded. The first step is for the riders to complete registration. The PPIHC is an invitation only event, so […]

  • The Team is on the way to Colorado for Race Week! The first road we took was the I 15 from Southern California to Nevada. In Las Vegas we made our usual stop at Dynojet. As always, we got a warm welcome there from Dusty, Chris and Chuck. While we […]


    Posted on July 24, 2012

    The team bikes are just about completed – it is surprising that even with the extra time we’ve had due to the race delay the bikes still have more to be done. Happily now we are onto the little things – trying to get the levers and controls just perfect […]

  • Pikes Peak 2012: Postponed

    Posted on June 28, 2012

    As the Spider Grips/Ducati team has been preparing for the 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb we have had our eye on the daily news updates coming from Colorado. Today we have learned that the race has been postponed due to the savage wildfires in the area. […]

  • Today was our last test day on the mountain until Race Week – July 4th thru 8th. So it was with a little twinge of mixed feelings this morning as we got up at 3:00am and headed up to the start line area. It sure will be nice to get […]

  • Glen Cove – 4:00am June 9th 2012. It’s 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind is blowing. Some gusts feel like they might push the van to the edge of the mountain. It’s not very scientific, but I think it’s a safe guess that some of the gusts are over 50mph […]

  • Psst! Wanna hear a secret? We had a special test day on the mountain today! It was a private event. We were invited to join in on this test day by 4 car teams. They were generous enough to offer to share their private time with us and we jumped […]

  • Somehow, oddly, the second day of getting up at 3:00 is even easier than the first. Today the moon was full and just about to set behind the mountain when we headed thru the gate. It was gone by the time we reached our pit area, making it very dark […]

  • It was the first super early morning of the Pikes Peak season today. We rolled out of the Mecca’s parking lot at exactly 3:30am. The schedule allowed time for a quick stop at the local Seven Eleven for some coffee and a chance to wake up the sleepy night clerk. […]

  • Back In Colorado!

    Posted on June 1, 2012

    We are so excited to be back in Colorado today – the team will be hitting the mountain tomorrow morning for our first chance to run the fully paved course! It has been a VERY long road to Pikes Peak this year. We have been planning and training since before […]

  • Alexander Smith and Pikes Peak MTS-1200 #55 on the cover of April 2012 Friction Zone Magazine! Check out the newest issue of Friction Zone (western edition). There is also a great article about motorcycle events you should consider attending this year – starting with the Pike Peak International Hill Climb. […]

  • GT checks in after a fun filled weekend in New Zealand. He traveled there to particiapte in the Leadfoot Festival, hosted by Rod Millen. The bike he rode was not 555 from the Pikes Peak team, but a proud and fast white Multi provided by Haldane’s Ducati. Outfitted with the […]

  • Guest Post – Pikes Peak Hill Climb

    Posted on July 5, 2011

    Winner of the 450 Class, Davey Durell’s take on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2011 The 2011 Pikes Peak Hill Climb was a long hot day. We had a lot of delays. Some cars lost motors and oiled the road. One went off at Ragged Edge, a corner above […]

  • Spider Grips/Ducati Team Update

    Posted on June 4, 2011

    Today we were back on the mountain, positioned at an area called “Cove Creek”. It is a beautiful bowl just above 10,000ft altitude on the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb track. We parked the Sprinter vans on a pretty steep angle along the side of the road, and unload […]

  • Flat Track in Salinas!

    Posted on April 27, 2011

    Guest post by Spider Rider Jimmy Woods Hey Everyone!  Last weekend was rounds four and five of the GNC Flat Track series in Salinas, CA.  They hosted a really big, fast TT on Saturday and a short track on Sunday. Rider Jimmy Woods #37 at the GNC Flat Track Series   We […]

  • Incredible Chaotic India

    Posted on April 12, 2011

    This guest post was written by Spider Rider Danielle Murdoch. She is currently in India, on a trip riding from her homeland in Australia to Africa. She is riding over land through South East Asia, India, the Middle East then on to Egypt where she will start her circumnavigation of Africa.  Beeeepppppp, doadooooloooo, honk […]

  • Experience Daytona behind the scenes

    Posted on March 29, 2011

    Below is James Rispoli’s Daytona AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport race report .  An interesting read about the many actions and decisions that go into just one weekend of racing. To start I want to let you know I had such a great time during the winter months hanging out in Florida about 20 minutes from Daytona at my mechanic Ryan’s house.  This was […]

  • Spider Grips in the Air

    Posted on March 24, 2011

    Spider Riders Paul Smith and Cody Cavanough spent this past weekend at the Georgia Air Show.  Now I love an airshow as much as the next person, but they didn’t just go to check it out. Nope, Paul and Cody jumped over pilot Skip Stewart and his stunt plane in […]

  • Spider Riders bringing in the wins!

    Posted on March 15, 2011

    So, how was your weekend? It was a pretty good one for Spider Grips riders Jason DiSalvo, Sammy Halbert, James Rispoli and Brandon Brown. These riders all raced last weekend and brought home top honors in their races. Starting with Jason DiSalvo – winner of the Daytona 200. Rider Jason DiSalvo made […]

  • Motorcyclist Magazine April 2011 This is nice stuff. Check out the current issue of Motorcyclist Magazine – April 2011. The article “Doin Time” on pages 94-95 by Tim Carrithers has some nice things to say about Spider Grips. In writing about his long term test ride Ducati Multistada Tim gives […]

  •   Tuesday, 08 March 2011 Ducati unveils the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition in celebration of Greg Tracy’s famous victory in the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in Colorado. The Pikes Peak Special Edition is specially dressed in stunning replica Ducati Corse-style paint scheme with passenger […]




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