Colorado Cyclist Killed
Colorado cyclist killed in the Enduro World Series mountain bike race at Crested Butte, Colo. Source: Enduroworldseries.com

Cyclist Will Olsen, 40, of Edwards, Colorado, died Saturday after a crash in the Enduro World Series mountain bike race held at Crested Butte, CO.

Race officials said that the accident occurred near the finish line on Stage 3 of the race near the Block and Tackle trail. Olsen appeared to have died from blunt-force chest trauma. Race officials speculate that he was traveling 25 mph at the time of the accident and may have clipped a pedal.

Colorado Cyclist Killed
Olsen was an experienced local rider and well known in the racing community.  Source: Velonews.com

Race sponsors said that Olsen was a talented local rider that competed at the expert level and had raced in several Enduro events. The Crested Butte Police Department said that bikers, who had found Will lying face down next to a tree, immediately began CPR and continued until a Care Flight paramedic arrived on the scene and pronounced the rider deceased.

The race was suspended following the accident for an investigation and canceled by race officials on Sunday.

Colorado Cyclist Killed
The Enduro World Series comprises multiple races in four countries and is part of the World Cup downhill racing series. Source: enduroworldseries.com

The Enduro World Series was started in 2013 by the Enduro Mountain Bike Association (EMBA). The association has hosted 22 events on four continents in the past three years. Currently, the Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team is the series’ points leader. Stage 6 of the series will be held at Crankworx Whistler, British Columbia, Canada on August 9, 2015. Whistler hosts the largest mountain bike festival as part of this world-class racing event.

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