[Masthead] Fair ~ 72°F  
High: 74°F ~ Low: 57°F
Thursday, May 5, 2016

RAAM champion Robic killed in traffic accident

Friday, September 24, 2010

(RAAM photo, used with permission)
JESENICE, Slovenia -- Jure Robic, five-time champion of the Race Across America, died of injuries suffered in a traffic accident in his native country Friday afternoon.

Robic, 45, won the solo men's of RAAM a record five times between 2004 and this past summer. He was in second place in the 2009 race when he dropped out to protest time penalties he felt he received unfairly. That decision cost him a chance to win the event an unprecedented four consecutive years.

RAAM passes through the area each year with an official time station in Fort Scott that is manned by local biking enthusiasts. The course passes through Nevada on its way to the next time station in Collins, Mo.

According to a report posted on cyclingnews.com, Robic was descending a narrow mountain road on his bicycle when he collided head on with a car driven by a local 55-year-old man while rounding a curve. Robic was on a training ride in preparation for a race in Australia.

In addition to his RAAM victories, Robic also set the 24-hour road world record, won Le Tour Direct two consecutive times and won the DOS, the race across Slovenia, three consecutive times. Robic achieved over 100 victories and 150 podium appearances throughout his cycling career.

According to VeloNews' website, the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on fstribune.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

I was very shock vhen I hear for an accident of Jure Robič. "Jure", you are my favorite extreme cyclist and thank you for everythink what you gave me. You give me your energy. In Žalec, some years ago, when you have execution about RAAM and we are handle betwen us. That moment when you gave me your

hand I was feeling how great man you are ! I am biciclyst to and when I training, you are with me and

telling me, don`t stop, go to the end !Thank you !!!

We missing you !!!

Iztok A.-Dizl-

-- Posted by Triathlete on Sun, Sep 26, 2010, at 6:12 PM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: