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.”