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  • 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 […]

  • 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: https://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 […]

  • Qualifying! Day 4 – Pikes Peak

    Posted on August 11, 2012

    Today we ran at the starting line – going up to just below Glen Cove. The race organization is working with a different timing system this year and from this location we got to experience the very best part of it – Instant results! With a strong Wifi signal right […]

  • 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 […]

  • Top O’The Rockies

    Posted on August 6, 2012

    Yesterday we took State Route 82 out of Glenwood Springs. It goes right thru Aspen so we kept a sharp eye out for random celebrity sightings but at 6:00am there were none to be seen. No matter – this has to be one of the most beautiful drives anywhere. The […]

  • Altitude Adjustment

    Posted on August 4, 2012

    After many years of coming to race at Pikes Peak we have established a routine to help with the transition from sea level where the team is based to the high elevations that we will be working and racing at in Colorado. The two primary keys are plenty of water […]

  • 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 […]

  • Ducati announces today its return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the 90th edition of “The Race to the Clouds”. Following two consecutive championship years, Ducati will again partner with the Spider Grips team to conquer the mountain on the Multistrada 1200 on July 8, 2012. The 2012 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  •   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 […]

  • On June 26th, 2011 Spider Grips will be returning to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with team riders Greg Tracy and Alexander Smith riding Ducati Multistrada 1200S motorcycles. The Pikes Peak race course begins at above 9,300 ft. altitude and twists through more than 156 turns winding uphill over 12 […]


    Posted on June 29, 2010

    Well, most of the team has left Colorado now and starting making our way back home. I think I can speak for us all when I say that Greg and Alexander did an amazing job on Sunday.  The course conditions were challenging – the rain was threatening, and just before […]


    Posted on June 28, 2010

    Just another day at the office for Greg Tracy… Grinding the Multi’s kickstand and foot-pegs as he charged his way up Pikes Peak to victory.


    Posted on June 27, 2010

    Here we go…..Ducati Multistrada’s at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.


    Posted on June 27, 2010

    With teammate Alexander Smith just two spots back in third place, Greg Tracy takes the win at Pikes Peak!


    Posted on June 27, 2010

    It’s race day and the suspense is building. Check out some shots from the morning… Greg cutting his tires before the race.

  • RACE DAY 8:45AM

    Posted on June 27, 2010

    Up extra early today – we were at the gate to the mountain before 3:00am, but that wasn’t early enough – there was quite a line to get in. Only competitors could enter before 4:00am, but even so, the line extended to the highway. At first light, the vans are […]


    Posted on June 27, 2010

    It’s all in the details.  Really, it is.


    Posted on June 27, 2010

    So far today, the sky has been clear, not a cloud to be seen, despite the forecast for thunderstorms today…. The cars are shattering records.  Just a few minutes ago an electric car went off the line with no sound except for the chirp of his tires as he left […]


    Posted on June 26, 2010

    Wow, the week has flown by – I’ve run short of time today. I am 32 minutes past the mandatory team bedtime. So just a quick note to let you know I plan to provide several updates tomorrow as the day progresses. If all goes well, we might be running shortly after […]


    Posted on June 25, 2010

    Well, once again the Spider Grips Ducati Race Team loaded up very early in the morning, and headed up Pikes Peak for a practice session. Today we were based out of Devil’s Playground.  The full moon was just beginning to set as we drove into the bowl that forms the […]


    Posted on June 24, 2010

    This morning we leave the Mecca at 3:20am. It is warm in town, but by the time we get up to Cove Creek it is about 44 degrees with a pretty chilly wind blowing. Rider’s Meeting at Cove Creek The rider’s meeting is at first light; it is quick and […]


    Posted on June 23, 2010

    The alarm went off at 3:00 this morning. We had to be through the gate at Pikes Peak by 3:45am.  Luckily last night we got the vans loaded and prepped so that we could pretty much roll out of bed and jump in them to leave. It is very dark […]


    Posted on May 21, 2010

    Following the announcement of Ducati’s plans for racing the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb, the Spider Grips Ducati team officially revealed itself to the public on Friday May 21st at its dealer partner- Ducati Newport Beach. A reception for the team was held from 5-7pm where both riders and Team […]




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