As far as bucket list items go, racing the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2013 is definitely one of those items. What a week it was, too: Wake-up calls at 2am, practice at 5:30am, just as the sun peaked over the horizon, cold temps, new (electric) bike, and of course, dealing with the elevation. There was so much to learn and adjust to, which makes racing at Pikes Peak unlike anything else. As if that wasn’t enough, I had to go crash during qualifying, which sent me flying off the road and breaking my foot. Miraculously that was the only injury I sustained (of which I still feel the effects today). My wife, who rarely attends my races, flew in for this one, which made for an awkward car ride as we drove back to the hotel with my broken foot.

Nonetheless, the decision to continue racing despite my injury turned out to be a good one, as I managed to snag third place in my class. Better still, I met a ton of great people – competitors and fans alike – that truly made the experience memorable. No matter where you finished, the fans cheered like you were a winner. I even had kids ask for my autograph! As cool as Pikes Peak was, I have no desire to do it again. I’m happy with the memories I have.

  • Old MOron

    Darnit, this is why MO has a job opening.
    Always enjoyed your MOronic efforts, Trizzle.
    Best wishes.

  • Old MOron

    PS: you guys should’ve shopped in one of Troy’s pictures where he has the mutton chops.

  • Starmag

    Your pieces were great Troy, you’ll be missed. All the best in your new endeavors! As one of my teachers told me “once a MOron, always a MOron”. It might not have been a compliment in my case though…

  • spiff

    Did they offer you a CEO position? I can’t see any other reason to leave the MO kingdom. Btw, you must work out!

  • Jon Jones

    My best. Enjoyed your take on things.

  • IslandTosh

    I had a feeling it was Troy leaving; it’s a loss for us MO readers. I always enjoyed your work Troy.

    Best wishes for your future endeavors.

  • JWaller

    Best of luck to you. I’m sure we’ll still hear from you in the comments section at least, right?

  • DickRuble

    Buena suerte, amigo. Remember; if it ain’t broken, aftermarket parts won’t fix it.

  • John B.

    Thank you for all the great content you produced during your tenure with Motorcycle.com, and best wishes for success in your new endeavor. I am sure you will do great things in your new position.

  • Walter

    Best of luck with the new opportunity! I hope you enjoy it as much as you enjoyed your time at MO.

  • SerSamsquamsh

    Moving on feels irrevocable – but – never say never.

    GOOd luck bro!

  • krishan adhikari

    enjoyed your articles. Best of luck.

  • c w

    fare well.

    and do let us know where else you’re going if it again involves media that we can enjoy.