It’s official. Motorcycles will no longer be included in the Pike’s Peak International Hillclimb, according to an announcement on their website.
“After two years of research, deliberation, thoughtful consideration and advice from colleagues in the motorsports industry, the Board of the Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has made the decision to discontinue motorcycle competition as part of the annual Race to the Clouds.”
This isn’t really surprising. The tragic death of Carlin Dunne at the 2019 event brought a suspension of the motorcycle categories. This isn’t even the first time motorcycles have been banned from Pike’s Peak, the previous time being from 1920 to 1954. Bikes have only gotten faster since then, and the fully paved road increases speeds even more. There is no margin for error.
As sad as this is for motorcycle fans, it’s probably the right call.