It is with great regret that we have to report the passing of Bobby Goodin, a motorcycle racer at the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Finishing fourth in the Pikes Peak Middleweight motorcycle class, spectators say Goodin lost control of his Triumph Daytona 675R after crossing the finish line at the mountain’s summit.
According to our sources and others that witnessed the crash, Goodin’s motorcycle crash occurred where the road transitions from pavement of the race course to the dirt of the parking lot.
A very short transition from our last viewing, Goodin’s accident occurred after the 54-year-old raised him arm to celebrate finishing the 92nd running of the Race to the Clouds, and was then flung into a group of boulders down the mountain’s side.
Unconscious after the impact, it took paramedics over 10 minutes to respond to the incident, and an hour for the Flight for Life helicopter to depart with Goodin. EMT’s performed CPR on the rider while he was at the summit, but unfortunately Goodin was pronounced dead at the Penrose Main Hospital.
Goodin is the fifth fatality ever at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and only the second motorcycle fatality at the historic race (Bill Gross died in 1982, after striking another fallen motorcyclist). That being said, the safety of Pikes Peak has been questioned since the road to the mountain’s summit became fully paved for the event in 2012.
No statement has been made by PPIHC officials about the incident at this time, and the delay in this article’s publishing should serve as an indication to the difficulty and lack of communication coming from Pikes Peak.
We extend our deepest condolences to Goodin’s family and friends in this tragic time. We had the pleasure of meeting Bobby at last year’s competition, his rookie running of Pikes Peak. He will be sorely missed.