–Man dies while competing in Masters cycling race in south-east Melbourne

August 13, 2017

A competitive athlete has died after losing control of his bicycle while taking part in the Victorian Masters Road Championship, south-east of Melbourne on Sunday.

It is believed the cyclist, who was aged in his 50s, died at the scene after being hit by a 4WD travelling in the opposite direction at Yannathan. 

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A man has died after losing control of his bicycle while competing in the Victorian Masters Road Championship, south-east of Melbourne. Courtesy Seven News Melbourne

Police were told the male cyclist was part of a racing group travelling along Thwaites Road just before 1.30pm.

Cycling Victoria chief executive Paul Jane and president Glen Pearsall issued a statement saying they were “devastated to learn of the loss” of the “talented Masters cyclist” and urged everyone to stay safe on the roads. 

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family of the cyclist,” they stated.

“We will be focusing on the welfare of our volunteers and officials involved in the incident and assisting police investigating the incident.”

The driver of the car is helping police with their inquiries. No one else was injured in the collision.

The accident brings the total number of lives lost on Victorian roads to 153, 29 less than this time last year. 

Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at​ – #1 News in a FLASH

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