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Sad NewsMaillot Rouge
Apr 30, 2001 1:58 PM
At the Carter Lake Road Race in Colorado on Sunday Nancy Bruner, Cat 4, from Broomfield crashed into the guardrail after losing control of her bike and suffered massive head trauma. She died on the way to the hospital.

A woman that was right behind her told me that she lost control on the downhill and slid under the guardrail, she must have hit her head on a rock or the guardrail. The down hill section was about .75 miles long with some slight turns and poor surface. I would guess that I got up to 50+ mph in my race. The afternoon races were started with a neutral start until the bottom of the hill. After the first lap things weren't as bunched up. I don't think anybody knew about the death until much later in the day because I would think they would have canceled the afternoon races.

My most sincere sympathies to her friends and family.

That's all the information I have, does anybody know anything else?
re: Sad NewsLazy
Apr 30, 2001 2:24 PM
That is tragic. I hadn't heard that she died. One of the girls on my team said her bike went flying up in the air though. That was one hell of a decent right after the start. I thought that was pretty poor course planning. In the mens 4 race it was insane on the first lap. I remember seeing the ambulance going by and thinking "Oh Sh!t, someone's screwed".

For you non-Coloradans:

The race started on top of a dam basically. After about .75 miles or so there is a 50 MPH decent (I took it slowly at 52) that has a few turns and isn't the smoothest road (as mentioned above). You can imagine for yourself the potential danger when you throw a bunch of amateur cyclists in a tight, just after the start, last weekends race was cancelled but this weekend it's 70 degrees and sunny, peleton.

It seems to me they should have started all the races from down at the bottom and let that climb sort things out a bit. I saw a couple of CAT 4 guys go off the edge, fortunately they slowed down a bit and were able to continue, and a friend told me there was a crash in the 45+ race too.

I echo your sympathies to friends and family.
Here's a linkPeetey
Apr 30, 2001 3:41 PM
http://www.coloradoannews.com/news/newstory3.html

The 2000 race started/finished on County Road 12 near County Road 23 last year but apparently there were major car problems at that location.

Deepest sympathy to the family and team mates.
Man..Michelle
May 1, 2001 10:05 AM
As a new female CAT 4 racer, this really hits home. So many of us just really dont have any idea what we're doing out there. All it takes is one small mistake....

My condolences as well

Michelle
Man..lonefrontranger
May 13, 2001 4:27 PM
The thing is, Nancy wasn't a new racer, I think she'd been at it about six years or so. I am told she won BAR (best all-around rider) in her age group last year. They race the Women 4s and Women 35+ together, and Nancy was 45, so she could have been any category.

I'm a skilled mountain biker and a good technician on the road, and that descent scared the crap out of me. Along with sharp turns and bumpy surface, everything's covered in sand. My teammates warned me about it, so I worked hard to keep position in order to go down 2nd or 3rd to stay out of trouble. It didn't help that many other ladies had the same idea and were attacking to be on the front - I'm sure this added to the speed and squirrliness ratio. I was sure something bad could happen, especially as the women's 4/35+ field was so big that day.

Accidents, like lightning, can strike anyone - regardless of skill levels, planning or anyone's best intentions. Remember Fabio Casartelli? It's very sobering when something as lighthearted, fun and beautiful as a bicycle race is struck with a tragedy of this magnitude.