Monday, August 25, 2014

Mountain biker Annefleur Kalvenhaar dies following World Cup crash: Report

Dutch mountain biker Annefleur Kalvenhaar died following a crash in the qualifying rounds of the cross-country Eliminator at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup stop in Méribel, France this weekend.

The 20-year-old Focus XC Team rider, the 2013 under-23 European cyclocross champion, was taken via helicopter to the intensive care unit at a Grenoble hospital, but died Saturday morning.

Kalvenhaar crashed off a wooden bridge in qualifying, landing heavily on her head.

The bridge in question, which is part of the course only when the XC races are on, has been used by riders and spectators safely all weekend and the crash appears to have been a freak accident.

“I’m devastated to hear that the cycling family has lost one of its members at such a young age. Our deepest thoughts are with her family and friends,” said UCI president Brian Cookson.

Here's a POV of one the grueling Méribel MTB downhill courses the riders must tackle:

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