The people behind the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb have announced there will be no motorcycle racing at the 2020 event.
The news follows the shocking death of Carlin Dunne at the 2019 event. Dunne was en route to setting a new course record when he crashed close to the finish line, dying from his injuries.
While motorcycles have competed at Pikes Peak ever since the first race in 1916, they have not been present every year. In recent years, motorcycle speeds have risen at Pikes Peak, and there’s been chatter for a while that they might be banned.
However, the organizers have not actually announced an all-out ban on two-wheeled racing. Rather, they’ve basically said they want to see what happens to the event next year if motorcycles aren’t present. Considering the race revolves around cars, the outcome is hard to predict, but no doubt some will be happy to see Pikes Peak ban bikes, due to the added danger they face.
Not that there’s any shortage of any danger on the Pikes Peak course, even for cars, as the sheer drop-offs in some stretches are fatal no matter what vehicle you’re in. There has been more fuss about the event’s safety protocols in recent years, so maybe motorcycles will be back in the future if those can be addressed. Pikes Peak officials certainly didn’t close the door to that possibility.