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by Mark Zalewski
August 2, 2016
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There were multiple incidents during the RideLondon 100 Sportive before the professionals took to the course, with one ending in a fatality. Robin Chard, 48, suffered cardiac arrest 25 miles (40km) into the 100 mile (161km) event. It was reported he received treatment from fellow riders and medics at the scene, but later passed away at hospital.
Chard was riding the event to raise money for cancer research. “Robin was doing something he loved to raise money for Cancer Research UK, a cause that was very important to him after losing his father, his mother’s partner and my mother to cancer,” his wife Vickie said.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped and supported Robin and me, especially the event stewards, the event team and the amazing staff at Kingston Hospital.”
A total of 33 riders were transported to hospital during the event, with one air-lifted in serious conditions after reportedly crashing into a tree.
CyclingTips extends its condolences.
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