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Cyclist dies in Steamboat Springs after being found in ditch

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Posted at 8:56 AM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 10:56:02-04

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — A group of bicyclists who lost track of their friend told police in Steamboat Springs that when they doubled back, they found the man unconscious and in a ditch.

Steamboat Today reports a 69-year-old man who lived in both Steamboat Springs and in Texas died after repeated resuscitation attempts on Thursday.

Police are investigating how the crash happened, as the man's helmet was damaged. It's not yet known if he had a medical emergency that contributed to the crash.

According to police information obtained by Steamboat Today, the man was riding along Routt County Road 14 with a group of five other cyclists. The group climbed a nearby hill and then headed back down hill.

Historically, the man was described as the more cautious of the group, and he typically came down hills last. When the group hadn't heard from him in some time, they doubled back to find him. 

When they located the man, he had collapsed in a ditch and was not breathing. The cyclists attempted CPR and when Routt County Sheriff's Deputies hit the scene, they attempted to use a defibrillator. 

According to Steamboat Today, this is the second cycling death in two weeks in Steamboat Springs.