Cyclist, 56, dies after accident during 150-mile coast-to-coast bike ride in the Lake District
- Katherine Moore, 56, had been cycling downhill when she was injured
- Police were called to the crash site at 9am near Little Langdale, Cumbria
- She was taking part in the 150-mile coast-to-coast bike ride in the Lake District
A 56-year-old woman cyclist has died in an accident in the Lake District while cycling the 150-mile coast-to-coast route.
Police were called to Wrynose Pass near Little Langdale, Cumbria, at 9am on Saturday following reports of an injured cyclist.
The woman, formally identified as Katherine Moore from the London area, was pronounced dead a short time later.
No other people were involved, said Police, and her family have been informed.
A cyclist has died on a downhill stretch of the coast-to-coast bike ride in Wrynose Pass near Little Langdale, Cumbria. (Stock Picture) Cyclists descend the Wrynose Pass in the Lake District
The incident took place at the Coast to Coast in a Day event, a 150-mile route starting in Seascale and finishing in Whitby, North Yorkshire.
In a statement on its website, event organisers Open Cycling said: “With great sadness, we can confirm that a female adult participant taking part in the Coast to Coast in a Day sportive was involved in a fatal accident on a downhill section in the early stages of the event.
“The road was closed to all other traffic and there was no other vehicle or cyclist involved in this incident.
“Despite first aiders being on the scene within five minutes and the rapid attendance of both road and air ambulance, tragically her injuries were too serious to be able to save her.
“We are deeply saddened by this and our thoughts are with her family and friends. No issue has a greater priority for us than the safety of our participants, which is why we are fully committed to understand how this happened so we can help prevent anything similar from happening again.
“We are very grateful to the emergency services for their swift response and we will continue to liaise with them and the cyclist’s family to support them in any helpful way we can.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident should call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to Pc 2526 Hesketh from the Mobile Support Group.