Enduro World Series Racer Dies in Crash

The Enduro World Series holds competitions in eight cities around the world.     Photo: Enduro World Series

Enduro World Series Racer Dies in Crash

Remainder of the race canceled

Forty-year-old mountain bike racer Will Olson died on Saturday after he crashed during the Enduro World Series (EWS) event held in Crested Butte, Colorado, according to VeloNews. Olson, of Edwards, Colorado, crashed near the finish line of the third stage of the event in Gunnison National Forest at 11:50 a.m. 

The remaining five stages of the Crested Butte event on the EWS, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, were canceled. 

Race organizer Brandon Ontiveros of Big Mountain Enduro said in a Sunday morning press conference that the cause of death “appears to have been blunt-force trauma to the chest,” according to VeloNews

“He had raced our events before, he had ridden in Crested Butte, and he was one of the riders expected to win that category,” Ontiveros said at the conference. “He was very skilled, a local Colorado guy. I think this was just a freak accident.”


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Tom Danielson tested positive for synthetic testosterone before racing the Tour of Utah.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Tom Danielson Tests Positive for PEDs

Rider denies wrongdoing

Cannondale Garmin cyclist Tom Danielson tested positive for synthetic testosterone, a banned PED, in an out-of-competition test, according to a post on his personal Twitter account.

The Cannondale team confirmed the result in a statement, according to Cyclingnews. He was scheduled to race the Tour of Utah, which started today, but he will be forced to sit it out while a backup sample is tested to confirm the result. 

Danielson denied that he had used PEDs in a series of posts on Twitter. “I would never ever take anything like this,” he said, ”especially after everything I have gone through the last years.” He had previously admitted to blood doping during the USADA investigation of Lance Armstrong and served a six-month ban. 

Danielson faces a lifetime ban if his B sample tests positive.


Katie Ledecky Breaks World Record in 1,500 Meters

Ledecky (center) is an Olympic gold medalist in the 800-meter freestyle.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Katie Ledecky Breaks World Record in 1,500 Meters

During preliminary race in Russia

American Olympic gold medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky improved on her own world record time for the 1,500-meter freestyle in a preliminary heat on Monday morning at the world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, according to the AP.

“I’m in quite a bit of shock right now,” Ledecky told the AP. “I was barely even focusing on this morning’s swim. I was so relaxed … I realized kind of toward the end because I could see people waving.”

The 18-year-old native of Bethesda, Maryland, has set eight new world records in the 400-meter, 800-meter, and 1,500-meter events. As Outside wrote in August 2014, Ledecky bagged three world records over the course of 15 days a year ago, including the historic time of 15:27.71, set at the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. Her time in Kazan beat that by 0.65 seconds.

The world championships in Kazan have already seen four women break world records in separate events, including Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden in the 100-meter butterfly and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in the 200-meter individual medley.


WATCH: Dirt Biker Surfs Teahupo’o

Robbie Maddison rode a special bike in the waves of Teahupo'o.     Photo: DC Shoes/YouTube

WATCH: Dirt Biker Surfs Teahupo’o

Australian stuntman rides ski bike

This summer, Robbie Maddison, a professional motocross racer and stuntman, surfed the notoriously heavy waves of Tahiti’s Teahupo’o on a motorbike. A video of the event posted Sunday on YouTube, aptly titled Pipe Dream, shows the Australian racing down 20-foot waves and across wide stretches of ocean in full dirt-biking gear.

This isn’t Maddison’s first high-profile stunt. He’s jumped his bike on top of the Arc de Triomphe in Las Vegas and across the Corinth Canal in Greece. “At the end of the day, the images and footage say something pretty awesome, but the ferocity and how gnarly that thing was can’t really be put into words,” Maddison told Surfer Magazine.

Check out the video here: