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Extremely sad news from Crested Butte today. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the rider. RIP. -spomer

From Kate Ball of the Enduro World Series:

Important announcement

It is with the deepest regret that Big Mountain Enduro and the Enduro World Series announce that there was a serious accident during Stage 3, the first stage of Saturday’s race, resulting in the fatality of a competitor. The rider’s family has been informed and the competitor’s identity will be released in due course.

Emergency personnel immediately arrived at the scene. The competitor was treated on scene by medical personnel and transported to the nearest roadway. The Gunnison County medical examiner confirmed the fatality. 

With respect for the rider and their family, this round of the Enduro World Series competition has been cancelled. Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the rider’s family.

There will be a press conference held upstairs at the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce between 9 and 9.30am tomorrow (Sunday).

For further information, please contact Mt Crested Butte Police Department on (970) 349-6516

Kate Ball

Media Manager​


Press Release from Mt. Crested Butte Police Department:

On August 1, 2015 at approximately 11:15 a.m. a fatal accident occurred in the Gunnison National Forest on Trail 400, Star Pass near the Block and Tackle Trail. Dispatch 911 was reached shortly after 12:00 p/m/ and Crested Butte Search and Rescue was immediately launched.

During Stage 3 of the Big Mountain Enduro and World Series, William Dean Olsen, 40, of Edwards Colorado, a competitor in the event, was fatally injured in a mountain bike accident and died as a result of his injuries.

Reportedly, two interval riders following the victim immediately began CPR and continued for approximately thirty minutes with race personnel arriving at the scene and continuing CPR for a minimum of  thirty minutes longer. A Paramedic, transported by Care Flight helicopter, arrived on the scene a pronounced the rider deceased. Care Flight was staged in the Buckhorn Subdivision, Crested Butte, Colorado as part of race emergency medical personnel. The victim was carried to the nearest trailhead by Search and Rescue members. At approximately 4:00 p.m. the Gunnison County Coroner accepted victim.

With respect to the rider and his family, event organizers have canceled this round of the Enduro World Series.

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