With great sadness, we can confirm that a female adult participant taking part in the Coast to Coast in a Day sportive was involved in a fatal accident on a downhill section in the early stages of the event. This occurred at approx 0900 on 29th June 2019 on Wrynose Pass. The road was closed to all other traffic and there was no other vehicle or cyclist involved in this incident. Despite first aiders being on the scene within 5 minutes and the rapid attendance of both road and air ambulance, tragically her injuries were too serious to be able to save her.
An event spokesperson said “We are deeply saddened by this and our thoughts are with her family and friends. No issue has a greater priority for us than the safety of our participants, which is why we are fully committed to understand how this happened so we can help prevent anything similar from happening again. We are very grateful to the emergency services for their swift response and we will continue to liaise with them and the cyclist’s family to support them in any helpful way we can.”
Date issued: 29th June 2019
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The Coast to Coast in a Day is a cycling sportive, where participants ride 150 miles from Seascale in West Cumbria to Whitby in North Yorkshire in one day. This event has run for 8 years with approx. 4000 riders in total.