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Bike Record at Pikes Peak Still Standing, Bobby Goodin Dies after Passing the Finish Line

Carlin Dunne’s 2012 outright speed record up the Pikes Peak winding roads is still standing after this year’s Race to the Clouds. The fastest rider in the 2014 PPIHC was Jeremy Toye, aboard a 2013 Kawasaki in the Pikes Peak Open class.
Jeremy Toye, 2014 PPIHC 4 photos
Jeremy Toye 2014Pikes Peak, end of the roadBobby Goodin
Toye covered the 156-turn, 12.4-mile (just under 20 km) road sector in 9’58.7, still a long way to the 9’52.8 Dunne needed to have his Ducati Multistrada across the finish line. As it was expected, the top positions have been occupied by riders aboard Open class machinery, with a neat surprise coming from Eric Piscione, who was 10th with a Pikes Peak Middleweight Ducati.

The fastest electric motorcycle belonged to Jeff Clark, but his performance was nowhere near Dunne’s 2013 ride aboard the Lightninig bike. While Dunne electrified the Pikes Peak attendants with a time few thousandths shorter than 10’1 and beat even the internal combustion engine machinery, Clark was clocked with 11’59.8 on his 2013 Zero motorcycle. Isle of Man TT celebrity Guy Martin was the first in the PPC-UTV/ Exhibition class, but his performance in terms of outright time was a rather disappointing one. The whiskered Englishman went up to the top in 11’32.6 aboard his turbo Martek Suzuki GSX-R1000 machine.

Unfortunately, the 2014 Pikes Peak International Climb also upped the fatality records, with 54-years-old Bobby Goodin being the 5th competitor to lose his life in this race, and the second rider to die, after Bill Gross’s 1982 unfortunate accident, when he collided with another fallen rider.

Goodin’s crash occurred just after the finish line, in the section where the asphalt ends and transitions to the dirt and gravel in the parking lot. According to spectators, Goodin lost control over his Triumph Daytona 675R after he actually crossed the finish line, and crashed, his body being projected onto the rocks of the descending slope. He was airlifted after an hour, with the paramedics reaching him after the first 10 minutes but he was pronounced dead at arrival at the Penrose Main Hospital.

If you look closely at one of the satellite photos after the jump, you’ll notice that the transition between the end of the asphalt strip and the dirt is rather short (map scale in the lower right corner). No official PPIHC declarations have surfaced at the time of writing.

Bobby Goodin’s time was 4th best in the Pikes Peak Middleweight class. We extend out condolences to his family friends and team.


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