Jul 1, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race organizers and the family of motorcycle racer Bobby Goodin (pictured, right) have issued a joint statement two days after the 54-year-old died of injuries sustained in a morning crash.
“He will be remembered as a fierce competitor with a driven spirit that only an athlete can understand, and as a gentle man who came to Colorado with the support and love of family, friends and those he competed against,” they said of Goodin, who was competing in his second PPIHC.
Goodin, part of the Middleweight class, completed his run Sunday morning but moments later lost control of his Triumph motorcycle in a parking lot at the top of Pikes Peak’s 14,115-foot summit.
After landing on a nearby area of rocks, he was given CPR when found by paramedics. He was then taken via Flight for Life to a local hospital, but the El Paso (Colo.) County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his passing late Sunday afternoon.
Goodin is the first motorcycle racer to die at the PPIHC since 1982. According to his manager, Kevin Brunson, the 54-year-old racer is survived by two daughters.
“Even though many might consider this a tragic day with a needless death, those lucky enough to compete at Pikes Peak on a day like today knows even today was a wonderful celebration of life for every competitor,” Brunson said in his own statement.
“…Our friend Bobby knew the joy of finishing and competing well, and that will bring all of us comfort as we deal with his loss.”
Race organizers have confirmed that a benefit fund will be created for Goodin’s family.