Race organizers have made the hard decision to cancel all motorcycles for the race in 2020.
The board of directors from The Pikes Peak Hill Climb have elected to not include the motorcycle program in the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event for 2020. This comes as a major blow to the motorcycle community.
Tom Osborne, a chairman of the Pikes Peak Climb, weighed in on the heavy decision:
"They [motorcycle program] have run 41 of the 97 years we've been racing on Pikes Peak. It's just time to take a hard look at every aspect of the race, including the motorcycle program and determine whether or not the event may change," Osborne said.
This decision comes after the untimely death of Carlin Dunne, a four-time motorcycle champion, who competed for the 2019 title. Dunne was less than a quarter of a mile from crossing the finish line when he crashed his bike and was killed. His death marks as the second motorcycle-related death at the event in the last five years – in 2014, Bobby Goodin crashed and later died due to his injuries.
The reason why the board has decided to cancel is to track metrics, gather data, and analyze the impact of the motorcycle program for years to come. Please note that this is NOT a permanent change.
So, what does this mean for future races? That’s still uncertain. After gathering data, the board will make a final determination after 2020's race.
Ducati has also launched a mentoring program to teach and educate riders on the event, which is led by seasoned victors of the race. It allows these riders to pass on their wisdom and teach rookie riders how to get to the top, safely and quickly.
What do you think of the board's decision to remove motorcycles from next year's event? Do you think that this change to the Pikes Peak International Climb could be a permanent one? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below.