Tragedy struck the cycling community on Saturday when seventeen-year-old Magnus White, a talented American cyclist, was fatally struck by a vehicle during a training ride near his home in Boulder, Colorado. This heartbreaking incident occurred just days before White was set to compete in the world championships in Scotland.
The Fatal Accident
White was riding his bicycle southbound on Highway 119 when he was hit by a Toyota Matrix driven by a 23-year-old woman. The collision was forceful enough to propel White off the roadway and into a fence, resulting in his untimely death. Despite wearing a helmet, his injuries proved fatal. Fortunately, the driver of the Toyota was unharmed in the incident.
The Colorado State Police confirmed that alcohol, drugs, and excessive speed were not factors in the crash. The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made as of now.
Magnus White was a rising star in the world of cycling, excelling in multiple disciplines. He clinched the junior national championship in cyclocross last year, which earned him a place on the U.S. national team. As part of the team, he competed in Europe and represented his country at the cyclocross world championships. White was selected once again to represent the U.S. at this year’s cyclocross worlds in the Netherlands.
Not only did White thrive in cyclocross, but he also ventured into road cycling and mountain biking this season. The young talent was preparing for the junior world mountain bike championships in Glasgow, Scotland, and was tragically killed during one of his final training rides.
The loss of Magnus White is deeply felt by his parents, Michael and Jill, and his brother, Eero. Additionally, the entire cycling community is mourning the passing of this young, promising athlete. USA Cycling expressed their condolences to the White family, his teammates, friends, and the Boulder community, acknowledging his passion for cycling and his positive contributions within the sport.
The death of Magnus White serves as a tragic reminder of the risks and dangers that athletes in various sports face. Despite his young age, White had already made a significant impact in the cycling world, leaving behind a legacy of achievement and passion. As the authorities continue to investigate the incident, the cycling community will come together to remember and honor this talented cyclist whose life was cut short.