In an X Games first, Harley-Davidson® Snow Hill Climb will make its debut at X Games Aspen as a medaled event alongside ski, snowboard and other action-sports competitions. The new medal sport will close out X Games Aspen 2018, which airs January 25 to 28 on ESPN and ABC. In the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb, riders will race modified twin-cylinder motorcycles up the flat bottom of the SuperPipe course. In each heat, riders will line up side-by-side at the start line at the base of the SuperPipe for a head-to-head race.
The first racer to ride the length of the SuperPipe and clear the finish line at the top will earn the "W." Each Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb race motorcycle consists of an extended swingarm widen frame and a high-torque, twin-cylinder motor.
"For 115 years H-D riders from all walks of life have expressed their freedom from the seat of America's favorite motorcycle, so it's natural for us to continue to blaze trails—this time off the road and in the snow," said Scott Beck, Harley-Davidson director of marketing. "We've raced the ice and climbed virtually every kind of hill, and the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb is another way for us to grow the sport of motorcycling. We know our riders, and X Games fans and athletes alike share a passion for adrenaline and speed."
The gold-and-bronze-medal rounds of Harley-Davidson® Snow Hill Climb will air January 28 at 10:45 p.m. ET live on ESPN. Preliminary rounds and qualifying will stream live at 10:15 p.m. ET exclusively on Harley's Facebook page.
The riders invited to compete in the Harley-Davison Snow Hill Climb are Logan Mead, Logan Cipala, Austin Cardwell, Jake Anstett, Dan Lauters, Josh Mueller, Louie Lauters and Travis Whitlock.
"There's a story behind every mile you ride on your Harley-Davidson, and I'm honored to be one of the first to ride mine up the Snow Hill Climb during X Games 2018," said Mueller, who'll be racing a modified Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle. "History will be made in Aspen, and every athlete will look on with envy as we race up the SuperPipe."
To learn more about Snow Hill Climb and see the bikes in action, check out Harley-Davidson's YouTube channel.