Cyclist in South Africa for race dies

Updated: March 24, 2010, 8:38 AM ET
Associated Press

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Race organizers say medical staff worked for 90 minutes in an attempt to revive an Australian cyclist who died while in South Africa for the Cape Epic mountain bike race.

CPR was performed on James Williamson, 26, for 1½ hours after his riding partner, Shaun Lewis, could not wake him in his hotel room Tuesday morning, organizers said in a statement.

Race doctor Basil Bonner arrived four minutes after he received an emergency call, but neither he nor staff at the Ceres Private Hospital near Cape Town could save the cyclist, the statement said.

Williamson, the editor of Enduro mountain bike magazine, was competing in the eight-day, 500-mile race for the first time.


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