Cyclist dies after collapsing at Triple Bypass event
A spokesperson for the Triple Bypass cycling event has confirmed that a participant died after collapsing during the event on Saturday.
It was the only casualty of the event, the spokesperson confirmed, and occurred near the bottom of Loveland Pass.
Jennifer Barbour said the rider collapsed near an aid station and received assistance quickly.
The Triple Bypass takes riders 120 miles from Evergreen to Vail over Juniper, Loveland and Vail passes.
Team Evergreen, owner of the Triple Bypass event, issued the following statement:
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“It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the death of one of our athletes during the Triple Bypass Ride on Saturday, August 21st. Team Evergreen is choosing not to release the person’s name out of respect for the participant and privacy for the family. After collapsing at the eastern base of Loveland Pass, the rider was unresponsive. Several cyclists nearby witnessed him collapse and immediately called for help. CPR was administered on the scene. It has been determined that the individual, from Centennial, Colorado, died of natural causes.
“Our hearts go out to this athlete’s family, friends and community. We’ve had an outpouring of sympathy and concern over this tragedy. We’d like to thank the cyclists who immediately cared for the individual and the first responders of Event Medical Specialists and the Clear Creek Ambulance team,” said Jen Barbour, executive director of Team Evergreen.
“Our intent in sharing this with you is to provide accurate information to those of you who may have witnessed or heard about the incident, while respecting the rider’s family and their privacy, during an unimaginably difficult time. We may provide additional information at a future time, with permission from the family.
“We’re sorry to have had to share this news, and hope that you will keep the rider and his family in your hearts, as will we.”