Death and Injury at Fitz’s Challenge Cycling Race

Kramer 6 November 2006 6

This story is a little old, but interestingly no general news agencies have picked this up. Only after catching the story on the rumor mill, and then googling, I found the story on cycling news .

Fitz’s Challenge is one of the ACT’s most popular road cycling events, and has had a very good injury record over the last few years. The major feature of the race is the long steep climb up Fitz’s Hill, and then the subequent descent down Fitz’s hill. Last week during the race, it is alleged that the two cyclists crashed in seperate accidents towards the end of a long and fast descent (most likely the bottom of Fitz’s Hill). One of the cyclists later died in Canberra Hospital, and the other sustained serious injuries, but is in a stable condition.

As I tend to prefer the safer environment of riding bikes on dirt, I have yet to hear anything other than a third-hand account of the events… I don’t suppose we have any witnesses here?

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6 Responses to Death and Injury at Fitz’s Challenge Cycling Race
Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 8:38 pm 06 Nov 06

A few years back, we went off fishing, destination Eucumbene. Unbeknownst to us, the Fitz’s cycling challenge was on at the same time.

This made passing cyclist and other traffic very dangerous, so we were very careful.

Then we came to Fitz’s hill itself.

We had one cyclist hang onto the back of my 4wd, as we very slowly drove up in 2nd gear. I was chatting to the bloke out of the window.

What impressed me was that although we weren’t going terribly fast, most of the cyclists were pumping the legs and powering up Fitz’s hill like you wouldn’t believe. Such a steep gradient, yet their legs just kep on going. True althletes, the lot of them (well, maybe not the one who hitched a hide to my truck!)

Sad news about the cyclist death this year.

IBN News IBN News 4:08 pm 06 Nov 06

IBN also had the story recently. The second rider was on a respirator, but is now breathing on his own and recovering slowly but steadily.

Kramer Kramer 3:54 pm 06 Nov 06

Actually it wasn’t the bike that killed him, it was the bitumen road. So we should ban sealed roads – viva la dirt!

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 3:42 pm 06 Nov 06

Funny that JB, I was just thinking along the same lines…

If it had happened at the hillclimb, kart club or speedway, the facility would be shut down for 6 monhts pending an investigation.

If only cyclists were banned from the roads for 6 months…

johnboy johnboy 3:34 pm 06 Nov 06


if the death had been at a motorsport event it would have been all over the electronic media.

Ari Ari 2:45 pm 06 Nov 06

The story did appear in the Canberra Times a week or so back.

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