Woman dies in Tour of the Moon

Three of the approximately 2,800 cyclists riding in the Tour of the Moon are silhouetted against the sandstone wall along Rimrock Drive as they ride through the tunnel on the east end of Colorado National Monument.

One rider in the Icon Eyecare Tour of the Moon bicycle ride died while descending Colorado National Monument on Saturday, while several other riders suffered from hypothermia thanks to a heavy thunderstorm that crossed the Grand Valley.

Mark Davison, chief ranger at the monument, said that a female rider apparently lost control of her bicycle and crashed into a rock wall.

“The rider was descending the east hill apparently trying to get down before the rain hit, and lost control of the bike and it went from there,” Davison said. “The accident was not witnessed. She was behind one person who was with her and didn’t see the accident. It didn’t seem like it was because of a high rate of speed. It was a downhill descent and she lost control.”

An identification of the woman was not available late Saturday.

Davison also said a number of riders had a tough time dealing with the rain squall that blew through the monument, saying a few were treated for hypothermia, a potentially deadly condition that results from a dramatic drop in body temperature.

“A lot of the riders got scared when they saw all the lightning,” Davison said. “It was unexpected for a lot of them up there.”


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