n 1916, Floyd Clymer won the first Pikes Peak Hill Climb on an Excelsior motorcycle in 21:58.410. There were no motorcycles competing between the years of 1917 to 1953, 1956 to 1970, 1977 to 1979, and 1983 to 1990. An American has won every year except 2016, when French rider Bruno Langlois piloted his 2015 Kawasaki Z1000 to victory in 10:13.106. Santa Barbara’s Carlin Dunne has won it four times, most recently during the latest running, June 24, 2018. He was the first to go under 10 minutes, posting a 9:52.819 on a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S in 2012, when the course was fully paved to the top. The following year he took his third consecutive King of the Mountain, posting a 10:00.694 on a Lightning electric motorcycle. His record held until 2017, when Chris Fillmore crossed the line at 9:49:625 on his 2017 KTM Super Duke 1290 R. Ducati decided it wanted to reclaim the KOM with Dunne in 2018, and it did, despite the 35-year-old suffering with a head cold and altitude sickness the week leading up to the race. While his time of 9:59:102 didn’t eclipse the record, it maintained Dunne’s 100-percent victory percentage. I spoke with Dunne from his Santa Barbara home a week after coming down the mountain.