The organisers of the Race Across America (RAAM) have announced that competitor #188, Dr. Bob Breedlove, has died after colliding head on with a pickup truck in Colorado on June 23. The accident occurred shortly after midday, 28 miles west of Trinidad, Colorado, when Breedlove was riding on a slight downhill. According to the driver of the truck, Breedlove appeared to collapse on his bicycle and swerved into the path of the oncoming vehicle. When paramedics arrived on the scene, they pronounced him dead.
Race Director Jim Pitre said: "Speaking both personally, and on behalf of the entire management and all those associated with the race, I extend my most sincere sympathy to the family of Bob Breedlove."
Breedlove's death is the second in the race's recent history, after Brett Malin was killed during the 2003 edition.