Colorado Springs cyclist dies after running out of water near Palisade

A 52-year-old man died Saturday after he ran out of water while cycling on a new 32-mile mountain bike trail near Palisade, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s office.

The cyclist, who was riding alone, was found by three other cyclists near mile marker 28 on the Palisade Plunge trail around 6:45 p.m. Saturday — a day when temperatures in the area reached a record high of 102 degrees.

The Colorado Springs man was suffering from heat-related illness and was taken for help by helicopter, but he did not survive, according to the sheriff’s office.

The three cyclists who stopped to help the man and called 911 were also out of water, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“They started with a gallon of water each and ran out about 10 miles before the end of the trail,” the release said.

The three cyclists were treated for dehydration. The man who died has not been publicly identified.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s office cautioned that riders on the Palisade Plunge trail — which has very little shade — should carry at least 2.5 gallons of water per person during the summer. Electrolyte replenishments are also recommended, the sheriff’s office said.

Source: Read Full Article