Man dies from bicycle crash injuries
The first-ever cycling fatality in the Death Ride, a 129-mile ride that traverses five High Sierra passes, occurred last week at Washoe Medical Center in Reno.
Scott A. Lambert, 50, of Roseville, Calif., died after sustaining a closed head injury on July 13 descending the east side of Monitor Pass.
Lambert’s death marks the first fatality in the Death Ride’s 24-year history.
The California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Fire and the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District responded at approximately 8:30 a.m. that Saturday.
Lambert was flown on CALSTAR flight 177 to Washoe Med at 8:54 a.m. He arrived at 9:21 a.m.
Reports indicate Lambert was wearing a helmet and that the helmet sustained major damage.
According to reports from Washoe County Coroner’s office, there were no witnesses. But race officials said Lambert was descending at high speed when he lost control and went over the handlebars.
They added that there were no mechanical malfunctions with the bike and that there didn’t appear to be obstructions in the road.
Several riders came upon the fallen rider and alerted emergency crews at about 8:15 a.m.
Co-sponsored by the Alta Alpine Cycling Club and the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, the Death Ride is named after the challenge of cycling 129 miles over five High Sierra passes and climbing approximately 16,000 vertical feet.
Riders say they have reached speeds of up to 55 miles per hour on the descent.
Death Ride coordinators could not be reached for comment Thursday.