(RAAM photo, used with permission)
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.