Man killed in crash at Colorado Springs Velodrome was esteemed cyclist
A man killed in a bicycle accident during a race at the Colorado Springs Velodrome Tuesday night was an esteemed bicyclist recognized nationally for both his ability and commitment to the sport.
Victor Williams, 51, of Lone Tree, was critically injured after he was ejected from his bicycle at the track in Memorial Park around 9 p.m., according to Colorado Springs police and USA Cycling. Police said staff at the velodrome began CPR when Williams stopped breathing..
Emergency responders were unable to revive Williams, who was pronounced dead on scene, according to police.
USA Cycling released a statement announcing Williams' death, saying he was "involved in nearly every aspect of cycling for the past 30 years, including running teams, promoting race series and coaching junior cyclists. Williams also raced nationally and internationally in road, track and cyclo-cross events, the release said.
Williams was racing with about 22 other cyclists — including his teenage daughter, Kirsten — at the time of the crash, according to Mark Tyson, a long-time coach at the velodrome. Tyson said the race was a "typical Tuesday night race" that occurs weekly throughout the summer and included an international field, including Olympians.