In the wake of Carlin Dunne’s death while racing up Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, officials are now considering whether or not to have motorcycles included in the event at all. According to The Colorado Gazette, Cheyenne Edition, race officials are having serious conversations about excluding motorcycles from the hill climb in the future.
It’s not just Dunne’s death that weighs heavily on the officials’ minds. Since 2014 there have been three deaths at the race. That’s a pretty high mortality rate. “He high sided … but it just happened to be on Pikes Peak with no room for error,” race Executive Director Megan Leatham said in an email to city and U.S. Forest Service officials the day after the crash, according to documents obtained by The Gazette.
Jack Glavan, manager of Pikes Peak America’s Mountain, said that no official decision has yet been made. “I think it’s going to be a big discussion with the Hill Climb board before any kind of decision is made,” Glavan said.
To kick motorcycles out of the iconic hill climb would be a huge mistake. Dunne and the other riders who died racing up the mountain loved what they did. They also knew the risks. I highly doubt they’d be on board with the idea that motorcycles should be excluded. I get that safety of the racers absolutely has to be a priority. However, I would hesitate to exclude motorcycles when there are plenty of people who want to race them in the event.