The rider who tragically died at this weekend’s EWS competition has been named.
Will Olson, 40, from Colorado, crashed towards the final part of Trail 400 at around 11.50am, Saturday.
The competition was subsequently cancelled following the fatal accident.
It is believed that Olson was killed due to a blunt force impact to the chest, however nothing is certain until the official coroner’s report is published.
Two other riders immediately began CPR until medical officials reached Olson- a paramedic was flown in by helicopter, who then pronounced the 40-year-old dead.
Crested Butte Police Department have released the following statement:
“During Stage 3 of the Big Mountain Enduro and Enduro World Series, William Dean Olson, 40, of Edwards, Colorado, a competitor in the event, was fatally injured in a mountain bike accident and died as a result of his injuries at the scene.
“Two interval riders following the victim began CPR and continued for approximately thirty minutes. A paramedic arrived on the scene and pronounced the rider deceased.
“With respect to the rider and his family, event organisers have cancelled this round of the Enduro World Series.”
The next round of the Enduro World Series is set to take place on Sunday, 9th of August, in Whistler, British Colombia.
The race organisers had issued a press release early on Saturday..
It is with the deepest regret that Big Mountain Enduro and the Enduro World Series announce that there was a serious accident during Stage 3, the first stage of Saturday’s race, resulting in the fatality of a competitor. The rider’s family has been informed and the competitor’s identity will be released in due course.
Emergency personnel immediately arrived at the scene. The competitor was treated on scene by medical personnel and transported to the nearest roadway. The Gunnison County medical examiner confirmed the fatality.
With respect for the rider and their family, this round of the Enduro World Series competition has been cancelled. Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the rider’s family.
There will be a press conference held upstairs at the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce between 9 and 9.30am tomorrow (Sunday).
For further information, please contact Mt Crested Butte Police Department