Don’t blink: Devil’s Peak Downhill longboard races at Guanella Pass Aug. 19-20 | SummitDaily.com

Don’t blink: Devil’s Peak Downhill longboard races at Guanella Pass Aug. 19-20

They'll be dancing with the devil this weekend on Guanella Pass.

Today and tomorrow (Aug. 19-20), nearly 150 of the world's fastest downhill longboarders come to the classic stretch of pavement high above Georgetown for the Devil's Peak Downhill. Riders from France, Brazil, Sweden, Canada and across the U.S. duke it out through a 1.5-mile course filled with seven tight corners and rough, grippy Rocky Mountain pavement. They'll hit speeds of up to 50 miles per hour (or more) during eight-man race heats, where the fastest to the bottom takes home all the booty.

Practice begins today (Saturday) and is not open to the public. Racing begins Sunday at noon with a free shuttle from the Lake Georgetown parking area to the start and finish lines on Guanella Pass. The shuttle runs every hour or so from noon to 6 p.m., but event organizer Justin Rolo with Venom Skate recommends packing a cooler and folding chair for two or three hours of race action. The final shuttle returns to the parking lot around 6 p.m. after winners have been crowned. Sorry longboarders — registration is closed (and has been for a while).

"The goal is to produce an exemplary event that truly showcases the 'Colorado' style of doing things, skateboarding and otherwise, while electrifying the Colorado and North American scenes with an exciting new race on an exciting new track," Rolo wrote on the event Facebook page, paying homage races like the Pagan Downhill.

For more info, pop over to VenomSkate.com/devils-peak.

Devil’s Peak Downhill

What: A downhill longboarding race held on a 1.5-mile course with 7 tight corners on Guanella Pass outside of Georgetown

When: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20

Where: Guanella Pass near Georgetown

Cost: Free for spectators

Registration is closed. Sunday is the only day open to spectators, with service to and from the start and finish lines on a free shuttle. The shuttle leaves from Lake Georgetown parking lot every hour or so from noon to 6 p.m. For more info, see VenomSkate.com/devils-peak.