Colorado cycling icon upgraded to serious condition after crash

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BOULDER, Colo. — Dale Stetina, a Colorado cycling icon who was injured in an accident on Saturday has been upgraded to serious condition, according to the Boulder Community Hospital.

Stetina, 57, was riding with a group of cyclists in Lefthand Canyon east of Ward when a 1999 Jeep Wrangler drove onto the road in front of the group from an eastbound pullout. Early investigation shows that high vegetation may have blocked the driver’s view, CSP said.

The driver of the Wrangler managed to stop, as did most of the cyclists. Stetina avoided the vehicle but was ejected over the handlebars, suffering a serious head injury in spite of his helmet. He was flown to the hospital where he remained in critical condition.

The driver of the Wrangler has not been cited. He was identified only as a man from Firestone.

A letter sent Sunday on behalf of Stetina’s family stated that the cyclist sustained “significant facial and ocular damage” as well as brain stem injuries.

“Dale is in tough shape,” the letter read. His family stated that he was improving on Monday.

Stetina won more than 200 domestic and international bike races from 1965-83 and was a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. Stetina is a two-time winner of Colorado’s Coors Classic and father of Boulder pro cyclist Peter Stetina, 26, the Denver Post reported.