The hour without media: Pikes Peak Hill Climb shuts down press after Carlin Dunne’s crash

The Gazette (Colorado Springs): The moment Carlin Dunne crashed, everything changed.

Riding his 2019 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype, the 36-year-old zoomed around the final corner and was on pace to break the motorcycle record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, but what happened next was nothing close to a celebration.

Dunne lost control of his bike about 20 yards from the finish line and flew off the side of the mountain.

“Lens caps,” a Pikes Peak official screamed, instructing photographers to quit taking pictures.

In a moment when the only way for anyone to find out about the crash was via news reporters and photographers on the scene, race officials silenced them. For one hour and 20 minutes, there was no official information on social media or the live radio broadcast about the crash.

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