The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motorsport competition in America. The annual event encourages competitors from all over to try their luck on the 12-mile track, which climbs more than 5,000 feet up the Colorado hillside.
Racers need all their skills to navigate the track’s 156 turns, many on grades averaging 7 percent or higher. If competitors are lucky, they will set a record on the well-known course and distinguish themselves as one of the best riders in the world.
Unfortunately, this challenging track can also be very dangerous. This year’s competition was marred by the death of a Texas motorcyclist who crashed after crossing the finish line.
The 54-year-old competitor from Flower Mound was competing in the middleweight division, riding a Triumph Daytona 675R when he crossed into a gravel lot after completing the race. The rider tried to slow down but lost control, running off the road and falling down an embankment.
Emergency crews located the man on some nearby boulders, facedown and unresponsive. They performed CPR until a helicopter airlifted the motorcyclist to Penrose Main Hospital, but he eventually died from his injuries.
The tragic accident served to remind competitors that even professional riders can face serious dangers on the road. This was the first race-related death of a motorcyclist in more than 30 years.
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Colorado
Professional riders seek out competitions like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the challenge, but sometimes they pay the ultimate price. At Metier Law Firm, our experienced attorneys understand the spirit of adventure driving all motorcyclists. We know that even experienced riders can be severely injured in motorcycle accidents, causing permanent damage, paralysis and even death.
Our goal is to help all Colorado motorcyclists do what they love as safely as possible. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident and need legal representation, call Metier Law Firm today.
[Did You Know: The last motorcyclist to die in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb was Bill Gross in 1982. He fell and was hit by another bike.]
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