Pikes Peak Hill Climber Dies After Crash

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ppihc 2014 logoPIKES PEAK, Colo. – An accident during Sunday’s Broadmoor Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb claimed the life of a motorcycle racer after he crossed the finish line.

Bobby Goodin, 54, died after injuries stemming from losing control of his 2014 Triumph Daytona 675R as he slowed down on a gravel parking lot at the top of the peak, according to a Colorado Springs Gazette report.

Goodin – a Flower Mound, Texas native – was unresponsive when medics arrived at the scene. He received CPR until a Flight for Life helicopter transported him to Penrose Main Hospital, where he later died due to serious injuries.

Goodin was making his second start in the event. He finished third as a rookie in the 1,250 pro class last year.

The most recent death during a race came in 1982, when motorcycle racer Bill Gross died after being hit by a fellow competitor. Goodin’s death was the fifth in the hill climb’s 92-year history.

“It sucks the joy right out of it,” Dan Elders said in the report. “They’re our compatriots. We all love the same thing. When you lose someone, it hurts.”

The race was delayed for more than 90 minutes following Goodin’s crash, but it was completed. Romain Dumas captured the overall victory.

Goodin finished fourth in the middleweight class.