EWS Race Canceled After Death

The tragedy happened on the second day of the three-day race in Crested Butte, Colorado

Organizers canceled round five of the Enduro World Series on Saturday in Crested Butte, Colorado, following the death of a competitor on Stage 3 during the second day of the three-day race.

According to a press release from the Crested Butte Police Department, William Dean Olson, 40, of Edwards, Colorado, crashed in the Gunnison National Forest at Trail 400 near the Block and Tackle trail, and died on the scene from his injuries.

The accident happened at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday.

“Reportedly, two interval riders following the victim immediately began CPR and continued for approximately thirty minutes, with race personnel arriving at the scene and continuing CPR for a minimum of thirty minutes longer,” the press release said. “A paramedic, transported by Care Flight helicopter, arrived on scene and pronouced the rider deceased.”

With respect to the rider and his family, event organizers have canceled this round of the Enduro World Series. The race was part of the Big Mountain Enduro Series, which includes four Colorado races.

Enduro World Series officials issued this statement after the crash:

It is with the deepest regret that Big Mountain Enduro and the Enduro World Series announce that there was a serious accident during Stage 3, the first stage of Saturday's race, resulting in the fatality of a competitor. The rider's family has been informed and the competitor's identity will be released in due course.

Emergency personnel immediately arrived at the scene. The competitor was treated on scene by medical personnel and transported to the nearest roadway. The Gunnison County medical examiner confirmed the fatality.

With respect for the rider and their family, this round of the Enduro World Series competition has been cancelled. Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the rider's family.

There will be a press conference held upstairs at the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce between 9 and 9.30 a.m. on Sunday.