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63-year-old cyclist dies on RAGBRAI Monday

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GRAETTINGER (KWWL) - A 63-year-old man died while riding RAGBRAI on Monday, marking the first for this year's event.

The unnamed man died due to a medical condition and not from a traumatic injury, said RAGBRAI Medical Director Bob Libby. Libby said he did not know the exact cause of death.

The man had a medical issue while he was riding on the RAGBRAI route near Graettinger, Libby said.

A trauma surgeon, nurse, critical care paramedic on a medical motorcycle and a care ambulance that carries a nurse, paramedic and physician all tended to the man, according to Libby.

“The highest level of care was provided to him,” Libby said.

The man was taken to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, where he later died.

It is the first death along this year's RAGBRAI route.

The event, which draws tens of thousands, has recorded deaths related to medical incidents, bicycle crashes and weather events before, with the last death occurring in 2010 when a Waverly man was thrown from his bicycle.

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