Updated: June 30, 2014 at 8:17 am
For the first time since 1982, a motorcycle racer at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb died while competing.
Motorcycle racer Bobby Goodin, 54, succumbed to injuries suffered Sunday when he wrecked his 2014 Triumph Daytona 675R moments after crossing the finish line.
Goodin lost control as he slowed on the gravel parking lot atop Pikes Peak.
The accident sent his bike tumbling up into the air with Goodin landing on large rocks downslope to his right.
He was lying face down, unconscious and motionless when EMTs arrived.
They gave the Flower Mound, Texas, resident CPR within 10 minutes and continued to do so until he was taken from the 14,115-foot summit by a Flight For Life helicopter to Penrose Main Hospital. He later died, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department announced about seven hours later.
The helicopter left about an hour after the wreck, which occurred at about 9:10 a.m. The race was delayed about 95 minutes.
Goodin was racing for the second time at the annual event after placing third as a rookie in the 1,250 pro class.
The fatal accident ruined the day for some riders.
“It sucks the joy right out of it,” said Dan Elders of Palmer Lake. “They’re our compatriots. We all love the same thing. When you lose someone, it hurts.”
“It is very sad,” said rider Daniel Fernandez of Colombia, who met Goodin during practice.