Jim Delbois, 67, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri died on Monday, June 13, in an accident on the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour.
Ride the Rockies, which is in its 26th year, is a six-to-seven day bicycle tour that occurs every June. The route through the Rockies changes each year and approximately 2,000 cyclists participate. The ride also enlists more than 100 volunteers, including medics for the annual ride.
Delbois was descending the Tennessee Pass on U.S. 24 from Buena Vista to Edwards on the second day of the tour, when he fell from his bicycle. Delbois’ wife was riding ahead and did not witness the accident. This was the couple’s first time participating in the event. This is also the first Ride the Rockies fatality since 2006, according to Chandler Smith, the tour director for the event.
“We have had some pretty significant accidents,” he said. “But this is the first fatality.”
One of the 55 medics on the tour discovered Delbois and called for assistance. Delbois was taken to a hospital in Vail where he died from a head injury.
Police are investigating the cause of the accident.
If your or someone you know has suffered a head injury in an accident, an accident injury attorney can provide guidance.