USA Cycling IDs Cyclist Killed In Velodrome Accident

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A cyclist was thrown from his bike after crashing at a cycling track in Colorado Springs Tuesday night.

USA Cycling identified the cyclist as 51-year-old Victor William. Williams did not survive the accident.

At this time, little information has been released on the crash, which happened just after 9 p.m. at the Olympic Training Center 7-Eleven Velodrome in Memorial Park. Police say somehow two bikes crashed during a race, but it's not clear what caused the crash. The second rider sustained minor injuries.

Staff started CPR on the cyclist, and first responders continued revival attempts after getting on the scene. Williams was pronounced dead before 9:30 p.m.

"It just seems to be an unfortunate accident. It seems like a sort of dangerous sport just as far as the speeds involved and everything," Sgt. Rebecca Smith with the Colorado Springs Police Department told 11 News.

According to a news release by USA Cycling, Williams was on the board of directors for the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado and Colorado Velodrome Association.

"We were shocked and saddened to learn of Vic’s tragic accident and passing last night," USA Cycling President and CEO Steve Johnson said in a statement. "Vic was an incredible individual and a true champion for track cycling in Colorado. He will be sorely missed by all of us here at USA Cycling and the entire Colorado cycling community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vic’s friends and family at this difficult time."

Williams was involved in cycling for 30 years as a racer, coach, race promoter and team organizer. USA Cycling said that his daughter is the current 15-16 national champion in the track omnium.