US junior Magnus White dies after being hit by driver while training

The fatal incident occurred in his hometown in Boulder on Sunday.

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by Jonny Long 31.07.2023 Photography by
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US junior racer Magnus White has died after being hit by a driver whilst training.

The 17-year-old was on one of his final preparatory rides before travelling to Glasgow for the World Championships when he was struck in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado.

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the news that 17-year-old Magnus White has passed away in a training accident,” USA Cycling said in a statement. “White fell in love with cycling at an early age through Boulder Junior Cycling. He was a rising star in the off-road cycling scene and his passion for cycling was evident through his racing and camaraderie with his teammates and local community.”

White had been selected for the junior men’s mountain bike cross-country event, having won the 2017-18 National Cyclocross Championships and competed at the Cyclocross Worlds in 2022 and 2023.

Almost $60,000 has been raised in a GoFundMe to support White’s family during this difficult time.

“Magnus’s greatest joy in life was cycling after playing flag football when he was younger. He was also an accomplished skier,” reads the description of the GoFundMe page, set up by the parent of one of White’s teammates.

“He began cycling when he was eight and quickly rose through the cycling ranks. Magnus’s journey in cycling was driven by a tireless work ethic and a deep desire to achieve his personal best. He was proud to represent his community and country around the world. Magnus accomplished many of the goals he set for himself.”

White’s death is the second tragic passing of a junior cyclist in recent weeks, with 17-year-old Italian Jacopo Venzo passing after crashing during a junior stage race in Austria.

The thoughts and condolences of the entire Escape Collective team are with the families, friends and surrounding communities of both White and Venzo.

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