Cyclist dies after collapsing at Loveland Pass during Triple Bypass event |

Cyclist dies after collapsing at Loveland Pass during Triple Bypass event

John LaConte
Vail Daily

LOVELAND PASS — A spokesperson for the Triple Bypass cycling event has confirmed that a participant died after collapsing during the event on Saturday, Aug. 21.

It was the only casualty of the event, the spokesperson confirmed, and it occurred near the bottom of Loveland Pass.

Jennifer Barbour, executive director of Team Evergreen Cycling, 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 a statement confirming the death and stating that Team Evergreen is choosing not to release the cyclist’s name out of respect for the individual and privacy for the family, but it noted that additional information may be provided in the future. The release stated that the rider, from Centennial, collapsed at the eastern base of Loveland Pass. Several cyclists nearby witnessed the collapse and called for help.

“Our hearts go out to this athlete’s family, friends and community,” Barbour said in the statement. “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.”

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