Cycling accident victim in critical condition |

Cycling accident victim in critical condition

Darin Olde, Tribune Staff Writer

A Death Ride 2002 participant who crashed descending the east side of Monitor Pass was listed in critical condition Sunday night in the intensive care unit at Washoe Medical Center.

The cyclist’s name was not released by race organizers at the request of the victim’s family.

“At this point they are in a pretty grave situation and they want to maintain their privacy,” said Bob Anderson, a Death Ride coordinator.

According to preliminary reports, the rider, who was wearing a helmet, was descending the east side of of Monitor Pass when he lost control.

After speaking with several witnesses, Anderson said it appeared the rider took one hand off his handlebars. His wheel wobbled, then turned 90 degrees.

“He went right down on his head,” he said.

Two physicians and a paramedic were riding within a few hundred yards of the victim and were among the first to respond. He received initial medical attention within minutes of the accident, and was then transported via Care Flight to Washoe Medical in Reno.

Other riders who were participating in the Death Ride 2002 said they reached speeds as fast as 55 miles per hour descending from the passes.

Anderson said the rider was experienced and that nothing on the course caused him to fall.

“I saw his bike after the fact. It was in perfect mechanical shape. Nothing on the bike failed,” he said.

“To my knowledge this is the first time in 21 years the Death Ride has had an injury as significant as this one.”

The annual ride given its name because of its intensity. The course climbs 16,000 feet over 129 miles. There were approximately 2,600 participants.

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