Johnstown mountain biker dies during Leadville Trail 100 race

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LEADVILLE, Colo. — A cyclist from Johnstown died while participating in the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race on Saturday.

Scott Ellis, 55, suffered a heart attack and died near the end of the high-altitude race on the Power Line climb, his Fort Collins-based Peloton-Specialized team wrote on Facebook.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office said natural causes appear to be the cause but would not elaborate.

Ellis was competing in his 19th Leadville Trail 100, which is nicknamed the “Race Across the Sky” and draws about 1,500 riders each year. It’s the first death in the 32 years of the event.

“The entire Leadville family is saddened by the passing of Mr. Ellis,” race organizer Life Time Fitness said in a statement. “As a 19-time participant in the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, he embodied the spirit of Leadville and truly will be missed.”

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