Pikes Peak Death during Practice.

Pikes Peak Death during Practice.

Unfortunately as many of you heard a rider passed away during practice this morning for the 93rd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This is a very sad day for us all. Read below for the press release:

A JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF CARL SORENSEN AND THE PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB BOARD OF DIRECTORS

June 25, 2015

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