COLORADO SPRINGS – Following the tragic death of Spider Grips Ducati motorcycle rider Carlin Dunne at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb, Ducati North America and Pikes Peak officials have created a GoFundMe account to support Carlin’s mother Romie.
His loss has been felt throughout the international motorcycling and racing community.
Dunne was a four-time champion of the Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb, won Rookie of the Year honors in 2011 and broke the 10-minute barrier the following year, setting a new course record that stood for five years.
He then selflessly volunteered two race seasons as part of Ducati’s Squadra Alpina Team, with the Race Smart program, mentoring rookie riders as they first came to race the mountain. Dunne was loved, respected and admired by all those whose lives he touched.
Following the race, at the Awards Ceremony on Monday, competitors paid tribute to Carlin as a mentor, friend, competitor and icon, and spoke of the impact he made on their lives.
In addition to his efforts at Pikes Peak, Carlin’s passion for two wheels took on all forms.
He raced and won the SCORE Baja 500, competed in the SCORE Baja 1000, was one of the first two riders to traverse the La Carrera Panamericana, ran in the Super Hooligan series Bonneville Land Speed Racing, was a pioneer in Freeride mountain biking, served as a partner in Ducati Santa Barbara and did motorcycle stunt work for both television and film.
All proceeds raised through the GoFundMe account will go directly to Dunne’s mother to help with expenses and to honor his legacy with a celebration of life in Santa Barbara a month from now.
The PPIHC Board of Directors have donated $932 to represent Carlin’s incredible estimated time of 9:32, had he crossed the finish line.
It would have been a new motorcycle course record, beating the current by 12 seconds.
The established GoFundMe account is the only official channel for donations and support, and donations can be made by clicking here.