Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ironman and pro cyclist Steve Larsen dies

(Courtesy of Velonews)

Steve Larsen, probably the only professional who competed and won major races as a mountain biker, road biker and triathlete, died Tuesday evening after collapsing during a running workout.

Larsen was 39 and he and his wife Carrie Larsen have five children.

"He was doing a track workout and he collapsed. They did CPR immediately and an ambulance arrived quickly, but they weren't able to save him," his friend Michael Nyberg told VeloNews

Another friend of the family confirmed Larsen's death, saying that an autopsy is pending, but that he apparently suffered a heart attack.

Larsen began racing in the 1980s and was on the Motorola team for three years in the early 1990s, racing the Giro d'Italia and other major European events. He then moved into mountain biking, winning the NORBA National Cross-Country title in 1997 and 2000.

In 2001, he switched to triathlon, qualifying for the Ironman in his first year in the sport, and finishing ninth at the Hawaii event. He also competed in XTerra offroad triathlons. He was reportedly the only American to compete in the world championships for road, mountain bike, track, cyclocross and triathlon. He was a member of the 1993 U.S. world road championship team that helped Lance Armstrong win his first world title.

Simon says: - What a great loss and so sad. It seems that the autopsy suggests that the cause of death was viral related weakening his heart, rather than a heart attack per se.


plee said...

I am glad he lived his life and to the very end was doing what he loved. Sad abt his family and grieving ones tho

Ngae said...

Well my philosophy is always that it is ok to go doing what I love to do. At the time of our death, our heart stop. However, we remember them who go before us.