Annafleur Kalvenhaar, a Dutch mountain bike competitive rider was killed after a fall during the qualifying rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup race in France, according to a statement from the Union Cycliste International (UCI). Kalvenhaar was moved from the course to a hospital in Grenoble, but died in intensive care. The event in the French Alps was the final event in the 2014 World Cup season.
The Friday portion of the event where Kalvenhaar fell is described like this: “The 725 metre course sends the riders off a gondola platform at the chairlift station, down four start ramps and straight into the ‘Meribel Wall’, a big wall ride, before a series of jumps, log and rock sections, a short climb, and a final banked turn into the finishing straight.” Brian Cookson, president of UCI, said: “I’m devastated to hear that the cycling family has lost one of its members at such a young age.”
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