The 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb saw a new champion crowned, after Aprilia's Rennie Scaysbrook completed the course in 9:44.963 aboard his Tuono Factory in the heavyweight category. He broke the previous record held by Chris Fillmore.
However, sadness hung in the air that day following the tragic death of Carlin Dunne, a four-time champion at Pikes Peak, and beloved competitor among all who take to the mountain for the event. Dunne had nearly completed the course aboard a Ducati Streetfigher V4 prototype when he suffered an accident that would claim his life.
Scaysbrook was a close friend of Dunne’s and was devastated by the news.
“The event was spectacular, until we heard of Carlin’s accident,” said Scaysbrook. “Carlin was a huge part of my Pikes Peak experience, helping me as a rookie in 2016 as a mentor, then going head to head with me in 2018—a race he came out the winner. Carlin was a gentleman. As the final two competitors to take the start in race this year, Carlin shook my hand and wished me luck, as we both told each other we’d see each other at the top. The world has lost a true champion.”
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Dunne’s family and friends, and offer our warmest congratulations to Scaysbrook on his victory.