Pikes Peak Hill Climb takes another life after Carl Sorensen, 39, lost control of his motorcycle in a fast left-hand turn, known to have a bump on the racing line, near the summit. This would have been the last lap of the day for Carl as bikes were closing-in on their end time. Though Carl was already familiar with the track as it was not the first time for him in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Racing championship, last year Carl finished strong by achieving 16th overall position and 10th in the competitive “Open” class on his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Official of Pikes Peak has not released any information regarding the accident yet. Statement from Carl’s fellow riders suggests that Carl went off the road and over a cliff between Devil’s Playground and the summit. Carl is the sixth racer that died on the Pikes Peak championship.
Carl’s family and Pikes Peak officials released a combined statement:
“The collective hearts of the Colorado Springs community and the Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, share the grief and pain of Carl Sorensen’s family, friends and fans over his untimely death.
Throughout the 92 years that this unique race has been conducted on America’s Mountain, we have experienced the ultimate joy in triumph, the disappointment of failure and now, the unexpected heartbreak of the loss of a competitor, whose love of the race brought him to Pikes Peak. We mourn the tragic death of Carlton and he will be in all of our hearts this Sunday for the 93rd Race to the Clouds.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend with a tremendous sense of humor and a passion for racing.
He left our lives while doing something that he loved, and it is the only thing that has the ability to deal with the reality of life, the acceptance of the competitors of the dangers in the race, and the heart and soul of a great man.
With our deepest condolences,
The Family of Carl Sorensen and Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb”
We at Bikeportal offer our sincerest condolences to Carl’s family and friends, May they have the strength to deal with their loss. R.I.P Carl Sorensen.