Canadian ice racer dies during endurance race
According to reports from northern Alberta, one rider died after injuries sustained during a 24-hour ice race.
The race was only 8-hours old when a rider lost control of his bike and cartwheeled off into the snow.
The injuries the rider sustained caused the organizers of the 26th annual Numb Bum 24-Hours at Sandy Lake to cancel the remainder of the event, after medical response airlifted the striken rider to hospital.
The Pembina Dirt Riders Association and Alberta Endurance Ice Racing Association announced the passing of Troy Ritchie, Sunday after being airlifted to hospital Saturday evening. The accident took place approcimately 1 kilometer away from the pit areas, on the 18 km endurance course.
According to witnesses involved at the event the rider apparently was run over by his own tire causing lacerations to his thigh causing massive bleeding.
"We are deeply saddened to inform everyone that Troy Ritchie passed away this evening due to his accident yesterday at the Numb Bum ice race. Troy left us doing what he loved, was leading the race and will always remain first place in our hearts," the organization said via their Facebook page.
Ritchie was 51-years-old and a father of two.
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