A cyclist has died following a crash on the descent of the Wrynose Pass during yesterday’s Coast To Coast In A Day sportive.
Cumbria Police, who named the victim as Katherine Moore, aged 56 and from the London area, said no other people were involved in the incident, which happened at around 9am near Little Langdale.
Mrs Moore’s family have been informed and anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC 2526 Hesketh from the Mobile Support Group.
Organisers of the event, which is in its eighth year and attracted around 1,000 cyclists, said on their website: “The road was closed to all other traffic and there was no other vehicle or cyclist involved in this incident.
“Despite first aiders being on the scene within 5 minutes and the rapid attendance of both road and air ambulance, tragically her injuries were too serious to be able to save her.
A spokesperson for the event said: “We are deeply saddened by this and our thoughts are with her family and friends.
“No issue has a greater priority for us than the safety of our participants, which is why we are fully committed to understand how this happened so we can help prevent anything similar from happening again.
“We are very grateful to the emergency services for their swift response and we will continue to liaise with them and the cyclist’s family to support them in any helpful way we can,” they added.
The fatal crash comes less than two months after a male cyclist was killed after crashing on a descent in May’s Vélo Birmingham & Midlands.
Warwickshire Police said that crash happened on a “steep and twisting” downhill section of road in Atherstone.
The victim, Michael Lunn, aged 50 and from Derbyshire, was taken to hospital by air ambulance but died from injuries sustained in the incident.
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