The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb endured early tragedy today, when 54-year-old motorcycle competitor Bobby Goodin crashed after crossing the finish line at the peak.
When we arrived at the summit, we spoke to a couple of photographers and riders who had seen the accident. It seems Goodin crossed the line and was still going at a decent clip when he raised his hand to celebrate making it to the top. He lost the front end on the unpaved section at the top and the bike veered right, launching Goodin over the edge, flipping him end-over-end into a patch of boulders.
When EMTs reached him he was unconscious, so they they performed CPR until he was medevac'ed an hour later to Penrose Hospital. This was Goodin's second time competing, the Flower Mound, Texas native riding a Triumph 675R in the Middleweight class. He competed last year on an Aprilia, seen above.
Sadly, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Goodin has succumbed to his injuries, marking the fifth time someone has died at the Pikes Peak hill climb, the last being in 2005. Our thoughts go out to Goodin's friends and family.