|cycle crash story - article||MJ|
May 16, 2002 12:50 AM
Cyclist Crashes Attempting Record Ride On Volcano
Man Holds Speed Record On Bicycle
A French cyclist was injured when he spun out of control during an attempt to break his own speed record by riding down a volcano in Nicaragua.
Cyclist Crashes Attempting Speed Record
Eric Barone, who broke the world speed record for mountain biking in Nov 4, 2001, tried to break it by riding down Cerro Negro volcano Monday.
Seconds into his descent, Barone's bicycle snapped in two, hurtling the cyclist down the volcano. "It looked as if there was a rock or something in the path that made the bicycle break in two," said one of Barone's assistants.
In 2001, Barone flew down the black slopes of Cerro Negro Volcano in Nicaragua at 130.43 kilometers per hour, exceeding his own old world record of 118 kilometers per hour, achieved in Hawaii in 1999.
According to members of Barone's team, the cyclist will be held for observation in a Nicaraguan hospital for at least five days.
There were no immediate reports to the extent of the cyclist's injuries.