Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2019 In Photos

A year of mixed emotions

Rennie Scaysbrook holds Pikes Peak flags.
A sweet and mournful day for Scaysbrook.Larry Chen/Piaggio

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.

Carlin Dunne stands in racing gear next to helmet.
Carlin Dunne lost his life on the mountain in 2019.Ducati

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.

Carlin Dunne races on track.
Dunne was on pole position for the 2019 race, aboard the Streetfigher V4 prototype.Ducati
Codie Vahsholtz finished second-fastest in the heavyweight division.
Codie Vahsholtz finished second-fastest in the heavyweight division.Ducati.
Cory West getting on the throttle aboard his 2020 Zero SR/F.
Cory West getting on the throttle aboard his 2020 Zero SR/F.Kevin Wing/Gates
Cory West starts his attack at Pikes Peak.
Cory West starts his attack.Kevin Wing/Gates
Motorcycles waiting to race at Pikes Peak.
Bikes waiting for action.Kevin Wing/Gates
West finishes fifth in the heavyweight division at Pikes Peak.
West finished fifth in the heavyweight division.Kevin Wing/Gates
Rennie Scaysbrook wins at the 2019 Pikes Peak race.
Rennie Scaysbrook takes the 2019 Pikes Peak win.Larry Chen/Piaggio
Scaysbrook sets the new record aboard an Aprilia Tuono Factory.
Scaysbrook set the new record aboard an Aprilia Tuono Factory.Larry Chen/Piaggio
Scaysbrook heads toward the start.
Scaysbrook heads toward the start.Larry Chen/Piaggio
Scaysbrook and Carlin Dunne shake hands before the start of the 2019 race.
Scaysbrook and his close friend Carlin Dunne shake hands before the start of the 2019 race.John Wallace/Piaggio
Scaysbrook and Chris Fillmore at Pikes Peak 2019.
Scaysbrook and Chris Fillmore each took wins in their respective classes in 2019.Larry Chen/Piaggio