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Cyclist dies during Reston Century. A little history first.(10 posts)

Cyclist dies during Reston Century. A little history first.Paul
Sep 4, 2003 4:16 AM
The Reston Bike Club in N. Va puts on an annual Century. Last year we had over 1,100 riders, and our profits go to the American Red Cross which has amounted to over $40,000 the past several years. The Reston Century is noted for it's difficulty with a lot of hills out in N. VA, the worse being the climb over Catocin Mt.

About 12 miles into the ride which is flat, my wife and several others came upon a middle age rider who had fallen of his bike on a small descent. He was bleeding from the mouth and nose. Luckily, two nurses who had being driving by stopped and assisted. He was flown out to a hospital, but died enroute. As far as we know, an autopsy was not performed. In all the years we have held the event, this is the first time this has happen. Our club is thinking about dedicating a bench in his memory on the W & OD trail.

I know there are a lot of riders who frequent this site from the D.C. area, thought you would like to know.

re: Cyclist dies during Reston Century. A little history first.SilentBob
Sep 4, 2003 4:45 AM
My deepest sympathies go out to his family.

What does it take in order to dedicate a bench on the W & OD trail? Also... could you give me a little info on the Reston Bike Club. I've been in the Tyson's Corner area for a while and haven't met anyone to ride with (except a coworker for mountain biking).
We work with the W & OD trail manager. We have a bench at thePaul
Sep 4, 2003 5:57 AM
duck pond (facing towards the pond) that we dedicated a couple of years ago. We have a web site that has all the club info. I went to it this morning, and it wouldn't open correctly, first time i've seen this problem, might be fixed by now.

You can show up for our rides and sign on as a non-member, just need helmet and normal spare stuff in case of a flat.
We have weekday rides on Tues. and Thurs. starting at 6 pm, and scheduled rides every Sunday which alternate between in town (Reston Town Center starting place), and out of town, mostly in N. VA.

Membership is $15.00 a year, and we have variousriding levels (AA - C).

thanks for inquiring

re: Cyclist dies during Reston Century. A little history first.pmf1
Sep 4, 2003 5:07 AM
Hey Paul -- I heard that someone was helicoptered out early on in the ride. From what I heard, he went down on his own and wasn't hit by a car, a road obstacle, or another rider. Do you know any details? Its a shame this stuff happens, but your ride is a big one, that goes through some populated areas. Its well marked and policed -- I'd attribute the lack of accidents to your good organization. I hear of major accidents, including fatalities, every year in the Seagull.

If you do dedicate a bench, I'm good for a donation.

See you out there sometime soon. I feel a case of hooky coming on next week.
I'll be playing hooky this Fri. and Mon. Our club will pay forPaul
Sep 4, 2003 6:04 AM
this, right now they are justing talking about it. This is the first time i can remember this ever happening. I heard the same stuff you did, he could have just has a heart attack and went down.

Just don't know, have to enjoy life to the fullest.

see ya
That's what I was wonderingfiltersweep
Sep 4, 2003 6:20 AM
it isn't that uncommon for a ride with 1000+ riders of any distance to have at least one heart attack...
I didn't know you were employedpmf1
Sep 4, 2003 6:22 AM
I see this character EVERYTIME I take the dayy off work and go riding. Always in ther middle of the day.

Hey, looks like the weather might just break for the weekend.
I work for the Feds, I'm a trail bum (nm)Paul
Sep 4, 2003 8:54 AM
re: Cyclist dies during Reston Century. A little history first.novagator
Sep 4, 2003 10:19 AM
I did that ride this year, great weather great ride, and the route for the century was awesome...even the brutal 14 mile climbing loop. Sorry to hear someone passed away on the ride. If I'm not mistaken, the 12 mile mark is close to the first rest stop at Partlow's Store...did this happen before or after that?

After, in Landsdown before Leesburg (nm)Paul
Sep 4, 2003 11:12 AM