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Carlin Dunne (1982–2019), record-breaking motorcycle racer

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The four-time winner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was killed in a crash while trying for a fifth win

Carlin Dunne was a motorcycle racer who was a star of the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, having won the motorcycle element of the motorcycle and auto race in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2018. He was competing on the winding course, which climbs more than 4,500 feet, when he was killed in a crash less than a quarter mile from the finish line. He had set a record on the course in 2012, and there was speculation that he would set another record in 2019.

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Died: June 30, 2019 (Who else died on June 30?)

Details of death: Died in a crash at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race at the age of 36.

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Dunne's love for film: Dunne was an actor and stuntman as well as a racer, and he had studied film in school. He appeared in movies including "New World Disorder 7: Flying High Again" and "On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter."

Dunne on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: “I kind of had my life figured out, then Pikes Peak changed it so dramatically, and it wasn't even on my radar at the time. I completely fell in love with it. And I was like: 'This is my race, this is me. This is what I do.' There's nothing else like it, absolutely nothing like it.” —from a 2018 interview with Cycle World

What people said about him: “Stomach up in my throat hearing that Carlin Dunne passed after crashing at Pikes. He was so good, so calculated, so in-tune… I was impressed by how he did what he did beyond what I could explain and I just can't believe it.” —IndyCar racer JR Hildebrand

“There are no words to describe our shock and sadness. Carlin was part of our family and one of the most genuine and kind men we have ever known. His spirit for this event and love of motorcycling will be remembered forever as his passing leaves a hole in our hearts.” —Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America

Full obituary: Denver Post

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  • Niki Lauda (1949–2019), three-time Formula One champion