This past weekend former Kona Clump team member Carlin Dunne was killed in a motorcycle crash while competing in the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb in Colorado. He was 36 years old. Dunne was a heavy favorite to win the event, having taken the victory four times throughout his racing career.
Prior to his motorcycle racing career, Dunne was a fixture in the freeride mountain biking scene and joined the Kona Clump in 2004. He was featured in several New World Disorder films and rode alongside some of the sport’s original founding freeriders.
“It’s a shock to hear the tragic news about Carlin, a huge talent. He was an integral part of the Kona Clump during the heyday of Freeride. We have nothing but good memories of a highly talented rider, great friend and teammate. Always happy and smiling.“ -Jake Heilbron
“Carlin was one of the most upbeat and happy humans I have ever crossed paths with. He was a pleasure to have on the Clump Team and like Jake said always had a huge smile on his face. He brought his teammates and everyone around him up to another level.
He was thoughtful, kind, and had a good sense of humor. Needless to say that he had mad skills on anything with 2 wheels. A true professional on and off the bike. Buddy, you will be missed!“ -Dik Cox
Pinkbike has put together a nice tribute to the fallen rider. We send our deepest condolences to Dunne’s family, friends, and the communities that supported him throughout his career.