Sad news of the latest death of a racing cyclist makes the writer of this article ponder on the danger of the sport.
'Lambrecht’s death feels uncomfortably like the latest in a sequence of untimely deaths, more specifically among Belgian professional cyclists. ... L’Équipe listed eight international riders who have died in competition in the last three years... Five were from Belgium.
Three of the eight died of heart attacks while racing; five were related to crashes. It is a disconcertingly high rate of attrition but there have always been complaints that professional cycling is becoming more dangerous for its participants... that represents a high mortality rate set against mainstream sports.
The risks run by amateur racing cyclists are similar if not greater; on British roads in the bulk of races the tarmac is shared with traffic coming in the opposite direction that is under no legal obligation to slow down to let a peloton pass through.'
What are your thoughts on risks associated with sport? Can anything be done to make them safer? Or are we getting soft? Should we accept an element of risk?