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Vancouver Bike Accident Lawyer Reports on GranFondo Race Injury

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Oct 23, 2013

A Vancouver bicycle accident lawyer at McComb Witten recently learned about a serious accident that disrupted the GranFondo Whistler bicycle race on September 7, 2013.

The bicyclist was one of 5,000 who signed up for this 122-kilometer endurance race from downtown Vancouver, over Lions Gate Bridge, and all the way to Whistler. The race generally takes between three and a half and eight hours to finish.

The solo rider, whose name and identity has not been released, crashed on Highway 99, near Alice Lake, at around 10:00 a.m. on race day. Police believe he was approximately 60 years old.

The cyclist, who suffered critical injuries, was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital for treatment. Lindsay Carswell, spokesperson for GranFondo Canada said, “We don’t know his condition. He is under care of staff at VGH.”

Although authorities are still trying to piece together what happened, they believe that no motor vehicles or other bicyclists were involved.

GranFondo Canada issued a statement expressing regret about the accident and explaining that it had worked with local officials and emergency agencies to develop the course as well as the emergency services plan, which included a comprehensive medical team.

President of GranFondo Canada, Kevin Thomson, told reporters “We have only third-hand reports of this individual who was just riding and all of a sudden they were down, and a solo rider. No other riders were affected.”

This is not the first time a cyclist has been injured at the GrandFondo Whistler race. In 2010, another participant, John Botelho, suffered a traumatic brain injury, crashing when his tires blew out after he hit road debris.

The Vancouver bicycle injury attorneys at McComb Witten wish the injured cyclist a speedy and complete recovery.

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