ⓘ List of cyclists with a cycling-related death. The first documented deaths of cyclists during competition or training date to the 1890s and early 1900s when the ..

                                     

ⓘ List of cyclists with a cycling-related death

The first documented deaths of cyclists during competition or training date to the 1890s and early 1900s when the then recently-invented safety or two-wheel bicycle made cycling more popular to the masses, but by 1929 at least 47 professional riders and pacemakers had died at velodromes in track cycling. A number of professionals and competitive amateurs have been killed in accidents with motorized vehicles while training on public roads in the past few decades and after the death of Andrey Kivilev in a crash during the 2003 Paris-Nice race the Union Cycliste Internationale instituted a mandatory helmet rule.

The dangers of cycling, both the various sporting forms and everyday recreational cycling, continue to be disputed among modern sources. For example, the 2005 United States Consumer Products Safety Commission CPSC data showed bicycling to be nearly as dangerous as American football. A survey of 2008 Olympics teams, however, indicated that cycling was not even in the top six most injury-prone sports during competition that year. Some commentators claim that cycling, in terms of deaths of professionals while participating, is one of the most dangerous sports.

Cyclists who have died while cycling, either during a race or during training, are remembered by cycling aficionados and the cycling press. Their personal effects are exhibited in museums, their cemetery markers and tombstones are visited by fans, and as one commentator wrote "Plaques, statues and shrines to cyclings fallen heroes are scattered all over Europes mountain roads, turning any ride into a pilgrimage."

                                     

1. Cycling related deaths including professionals who died during training

These athletes did not die during actual competitions, but rather died during training either from natural causes or from being hit by a motorized vehicle while on their bicycle, or during scheduled breaks while participating in a professional race. The death rates for cyclists in general differs from country to country depending on how popular cycling is. A 2015 study of European Union cyclists deaths, for instance, showed that in the Netherlands almost 25% of road deaths were cyclists while Greece had less than 5%.

                                     

1.1. Cycling related deaths including professionals who died during training 1900s to 1928

  • Adolphe Heliere, 1910. France. Drowned while swimming during a rest day of the 1910 Tour de France.
  • Jimmy Michael, November 1904.Aberaman, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales, United Kingdom. 1885 and 1902 World Record-holder Track. Died while en route from the UK to the United States on the ocean steamer "Savoie". He was either suffering from alcoholic delirium tremens, a brain hemorrhage or possibly a combination of the two. Michaels death most certainly had its genesis in a 1903 cycling accident at Friedenau where he fractured his skull and thereafter suffered debilitating headaches.
  • Franz Suter, June 1, 1914. Switzerland. Struck by a train while training with his brother Paul near Courbevoie, France.
  • Ottavio Bottecchia, June 14, 1927. 1924 and 1925 Tour de France Winner, Italy. Found by the side of the road with bruises and serious skull fracture. The cause has remained a mystery – various theories have included a solo-crash/serious fall or an assault by unknown Fascists.
  • Hugh McLean, September 3, 1909. United States. as a result of a training accident earlier in the month at the Revere, Massachusetts cycling track. McLean was a champion middle distance cyclist who had placed 2nd in the 1899 World Championship Track/Stayers and 1st with Floyd Krebs at the 1907 Boston Six Days.
  • Breton, August 1902. Track cyclist, Parc des Princes track. Breton was killed when he steered his bicycle away from another cyclist and into the path of a 14-horsepower motorcycle being driven at 50 mph by Marius The. The track management allowed motorcyclists and racing bicyclists called "flyers" to train at the same time.
  • Edouard Taylor, 1903. A track cyclist, Taylor died at Aubervilliers, France in 1903. In 1899 he held a National Stayers Championship of France. In 1900 he was 3rd at the European Championships, 2nd at the World Championships, and also beat Henry Elkes by 300 metres in a 50-mile race. In his last year of competition he placed 3rd at the World Stayers Championship.
  • Floyd MacFarland, April 17, 1915. United States. 1900 and 1908 Six-Day Race Winner Madison Square Garden. Stabbed to death with a screwdriver during practice at Newark Velodrome.
  • Gustave Lejour, 1928. track cyclist, while training on the Frankfurt Germany track
  • Archie McEachern, May 13, 1902. Canada, Track cyclist. Coliseum Cycling Track, Atlantic City, New Jersey. McEachern, a former middle distance Canadian National Champion, was also winner of the 1901 New York Madison Square Garden Six-Day Bicycle Race the first Canadian to do so. In May 1902 he was participating in a practice run prior to the Atlantic City velodromes official opening that was being paced by a tandem motorcycle driven by his two trainers Bobby Thompson and Alfred Boake. Riding closely to the pace vehicle, McEachern was fatally injured when the bikes drive chain broke and he died within minutes. Canadian Cyclist placed him 9th on their list of Top 25 Canadian Cyclists of the Century in 1999 and Journal of Sport History Volume 1–2, published 1974 stated that he "was one of Canadas most famous professional cyclists" of his day.
                                     

1.2. Cycling related deaths including professionals who died during training 1994 to 2009

  • Anders Nilsson, June 21, 2000. Sweden. National team member in triathlon, professional. Died immediately when hit by a speeding car during bicycle training, the driver left the scene.
  • Ricardo Otxoa, February 15, 2001. Spain. Hit by a car during a training session together with his brother Javier who survived but suffered serious brain injuries. The Circuito de Getxo was renamed the Memorial Ricardo Otxoa in his honor.
  • Amy Gillett, July 18, 2005. Australia. Head-on collision with a car in Germany while training with her squad for the Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen which had been scheduled for the next day.
  • Frederiek Nolf, February 5, 2009. Belgium. Died in his sleep during the 2009 Tour of Qatar.
  • Graham Bufton, 2003. UK. Hit by a car.
  • Nestor Mora, Augusto Triana, and Hernan Patiño, February 21, 1995. Colombia. Three members of Team Postobon were killed almost immediately while group training when a truck collided with another vehicle, sending the second vehicle careening into the group of cyclists.
  • Lauri Aus, July 20, 2003. Estonia. Hit by a truck driven by a drunk driver while training for the Estonian MTB Mountain Biking Championship.
  • Zinaida Stahurskaya. June 25, 2009. Belarus. Stahurskaya had been training for the national championship on a public road when she was struck and killed by a speeding car. She was the 2003 world cycling champion and had competed at three different Olympics.
  • Antonio Martin, February 1994. Spain. He was killed by a truck while training near Madrid.
  • David Martin, 2002. United States. Hit by a drunk driver during training.
  • Luke Harrop, January 13, 2002. Australia. Struck by a stolen car driven by an unlicensed driver who was out on bail at the time and who also fled the scene. Gold Coast, Brisbane, Australia during a training ride. Having severe head trauma, former champion triathlete Harrop died a day after the accident. In 2003, Australias Gold Coast Triathlon was renamed in Harrops memory as the Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial.
  • Haruku Fujinaka, 2003. Japan. A mountainbike downhiller, Fujinaka crashed and died during a practice run.


                                     

1.3. Cycling related deaths including professionals who died during training 2010 to present

  • Amy Dombroski, October 3, 2013. United States. A cyclo-cross competitor, Dombroski was hit by a truck while training in Belgium.
  • Carla Swart, January 19, 2011. South Africa. Swart was a professional who had won nineteen individual and team cycling titles spanning four different variations of biking while on the Lees–McRae College cycling team. She lost her cycling computer while on a training ride in her native South Africa and turned into the path of an oncoming truck in a bid to retrieve it.
  • Michele Scarponi, April 22, 2017. Winner of the 2011 Giro dItalia, Scarponi died after being hit by a truck, while on a training ride in Filottrano.
  • Kristof Goddaert, February 18, 2014. Belgium. Goddaert was killed during a training ride in Antwerp when he fell from his bike and was struck by a bus.
  • Ellen Watters, December 23, 2016. Canada. Died following a collision involving her bicycle and an automobile during a training ride in Sussex, New Brunswick.
  • Jure Robic, September 24, 2010. Slovenia. Robic, who won RAAM five times and was renowned for pushing himself to extreme mental breakdown during endurance races, died in a head-on collision with a car while descending on a narrow mountain forest road in Plavski Rovt near Jesenice, Slovenia.
  • Carly Hibberd, July 6, 2011. Australia, was hit by a car while training in Italy.
  • Jason Lowndes, December 22, 2017. Struck by a car while training near Bendigo, Australia.
  • Victor Cabedo, September 19, 2012. Spain. Died during a training ride after colliding with a vehicle.
  • Iñaki Lejarreta, December 12, 2012. Spain. A mountain biker, Lejarreta was killed in a training accident when his cycle was struck by a car.
  • Claudio Clarindo, January 25, 2016. Brazil. While on a training ride Clarindo was struck by an automobile whose driver had fallen asleep and he died almost immediately after being hit. Clarindo was ranked 12th in the world ultra-distance rankings the year before his death.
  • Burry Stander, January 3, 2013. South Africa. Died during a training ride after colliding with a vehicle.
                                     
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