A bike rider has been killed on the Monaro Highway south of Canberra, early on Friday morning.
The identity of the rider has not been confirmed, but it is believed that an Indian Pacific Wheel Race rider is involved.
Race organisers have released a statement confirming that an incident has occurred, but did not reveal the rider’s identity.
ACT Police say the bike rider was hit by a car at around 6.20am, on the Monaro Highway south of Canberra.
“I can suggest, given the nature of the collision, an investigation into the circumstances would suggest the rider of the push bike died at the scene,” said Sergeant Chris Meagher.
“It’s early in the morning, it’s dark; there was no fog at the time.”
The Indian Pacific Wheel Race is a 5,500km bike-packing race from Fremantle to Sydney. The race leaders reached Canberra yesterday.
Earlier in the race, another participant was forced to pull out due to a head wound after being struck by a vehicle near Tarlee, South Australia. The driver was charged with driving without due care.
The driver of the car involved in the latest crash is assisting police with their inquiries.
This terrible tragedy is yet another reminder of the need to share the road safely.
Anne Treasure is the Communications Manager for Pedal Power ACT. She writes on bike riding in the ACT from the perspective of a lapsed bicycle rider who should be cycling more.