At least he died doing what he loved, though, no life should be cut as short as his.
The bicyclist, Robert Verhaaren, didn't die of a heart attack or dehydration in a race from Logan, Utah, to Jackson Hole, Wyo.
He crashed on a bridge and fell overboard, about 35 feet.
Robert was trying to avoid a pot hole, so he swerved — he was only 8 miles away from the finish line!
A spokesperson says it's the first fatality in the race's 30-year history, and the race itself is billed as the longest one-day bicycle race in the country sanctioned by USA Cycling.
Such a loss, we hope his family and friends can stay strong through this.
[Image via AP Images.]
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