By Rick Langenberg:
Local racing veteran Clint Vahsholtz, who runs a Woodland Park auto repair shop, has set another record.
During the 92nd running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb up Pikes Peak on Sunday, Vahsholtz easily won the Open Wheel division with a time of 9:54.700, surpassing Robby Unser’s 1994 record. He also easily outpaced the next competitor in the division, Andy Figueroa of Pueblo, by 20-plus minutes.
Vahsholtz, though, downplayed his record finish, noting that when Unser set the original open wheel mark, he was racing on dirt. According to Vahsholtz and other racers, the slippery road conditions prevented many Hill Climb competitors from reaching record-breaking times. As a result, the mountain’s elusive nine-minute barrier remained intact.
The unlimited division was won by Romain Dumas of Switzerland with a time of 9:05.801.
The running of the Hill Climb was marred by the first death of a motorcycle racer since 1982. Bobby Goodin, 54, of Texas died of injuries suffered when he wrecked his 2014 Triumph Daytona 675R shortly after crossing the finish line. Goodin apparently lost control of his motorcycle and landed on large rocks. He was taken by a Flight For Life helicopter to Penrose Main Hospital, but died about seven hours later. His death saddened many local race fans and competitors.
The last competitor to die in the Hill Climb was Ralph Chandler Brunting, who was killed in a 2001 practice when his Super Stock car went off the dirt road and struck a tree.