Cycle News Staff | June 30, 2019
Pictures by Larry Chen
Confirmed officials confirm four-time winner has fatality near finish
Carlin Dunne was on the road to a fifth Broadmoor Pike's Peak International Hill Climb overall victory when he hit a hard field on the last leg and lost control of his Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype. The resulting collision threw the bike and rides off the mountain road. Dunne bowed to injuries, the seventh death during the 97 event's history in the race.
"There are no words to describe our shock and sadness," said Ducati North America, CEO Jason Chinnock. "Carlin was part of our family and one of the most genuine and friendly men we have ever known. His spirit of this event and love of motorcycle will be remembered forever as his passing leaves a hole in our hearts. "
Cycle News & # 39; Rennie Scaysbrook competed with Dunne for the past few years at Pikes Peak and ended up running him last year and training with him for weeks before the event.
"My first experience with Carlin was during the rookie program at Pikes Peak, where he was a mentor when I first stepped on the mountain to compete," Scaysbrook said. "He gave me tips I have used every year at Pikes Peak. This year he passed by just before I left and said," Look at the top, take a good run. "He was a complete gentleman and he taught me so much about what to expect here, we ride supermoto a week ago, there was no ego, he was just a good guy and one of the best motorcycle talents in America, from Baja to Pikes Peak he was just incredible It is a tragedy that he is gone. "
Dunne was 36 years old.