Enduro World Series Event Cancelled After Tragic Death In Crested Butte
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Organizers cancelled a competitive biking event in Colorado following the death of a racer.
Mt. Crested Butte Police said William Dean Olson, a 40-year-old from Edwards, Colo., was killed in a biking accident during the Enduro World Series. It happened during Stage 3 of the race in the Gunnison National Forest on Trail 400, Star Pass near the Block and Tackle Trail.
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Two riders immediately began CPR once they discovered Olson, just before noon on Saturday. The racers continued for 30 minutes, with the help of race personnel once they arrived on scene.
A paramedic arrived on a Care Flight Helicopter, and they all carried the victim to the nearest road. Olson was unable to be revived. Paramedics pronounced him dead on scene.
Crested Butte News writes Olson suffered a severe impact to the chest in what appears to be a “freak accident.”
Enduro World Series did not continue with the rest of the race.
On the organization’s Facebook page, Enduro World Series wrote:
“There are no words that do justice to the sadness we are feeling today. In honour of Will and his family and to stay strong together as a close community of incredible people we will ride out together from the event village at noon today. We hope to see everyone in Crested Butte come out and support each other through this emotional time.”
Enduro World Series also changed its logo to black for a new Facebook profile picture.