Kenyan cyclist Suleiman Kangangi, 33, died Saturday after falling at high speed during the Overland gravel race in Vermont, United States, his team Amani said in a statement.
The 59-mile (95 km) gravel road race involves nearly 7,000 feet (2,134 m) of climbing, according to the event’s website.
“Sule is our captain, friend, brother. He is also a father, husband and son,” the team said in a statement on Sunday. “When giants fall, gaping holes remain. Sule was a giant.
“Instead of leading us to the forefront of the field, he will now lead us as our guiding pole star as we press ahead with the realization of his dream.”
Amani’s John Kariuki won Saturday’s race while teammate Jordan Schleck was third.
“Vermont Overland is heartbroken,” its organizer Ansel Dickey said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, Team Amani and the people of Kenya.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cycling/suleiman-kangangi-death-kenya-gravel-race-b2155118.html Suleiman Kangangi: Kenyan cyclist dies in high-speed crash at overland gravel race