Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby Oli on Thu 21/May/09 9:13am

VeloNews wrote: Retired racer Steve Larsen dies after collapsing during running workout
By Steve Frothingham
Published: May. 20, 2009


Steve Larsen, probably the only professional who competed and won major races as a mountain biker, road biker and triathlete, died Tuesday evening after collapsing during a running workout.

Larsen was 39 and he and his wife Carrie Larsen have five children.

"He was doing a track workout and he collapsed. They did CPR immediately and an ambulance arrived quickly, but they weren't able to save him," his friend Michael Nyberg told VeloNews

Another friend of the family confirmed Larsen's death, saying that an autopsy is pending, but that he apparently suffered a heart attack.

Larsen began racing in the 1980s and was on the Motorola team for three years in the early 1990s, racing the Giro d'Italia and other major European events. He then moved into mountain biking, winning the NORBA National Cross-Country title in 1998 and 2000.

In 2001, he switched to triathlon, qualifying for the Ironman in his first year in the sport, and finishing ninth at the Hawaii event. He also competed in XTerra offroad triathlons. He was reportedly the only American to compete in the world championships for road, mountain bike, track and cyclocross.

Larsen grew up near Davis, California. For several years he operated a bike and triathlon shop there, called Steve Larsen's Wheelworks. He retired from professional racing in 2003 and opened a real estate agency in Bend, Oregon.

He still competed in triathlons for fun, finishing 70th at the 2008 Ironman World Championships with a time of 9:19:25.


http://www.velonews.com/article/92239/retired-racer-steve-larsen-dies-after-collapsing-during
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby SlackBoy on Thu 21/May/09 9:26am

designed best tires EVA!!!!!
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby Chickenman on Thu 21/May/09 9:28am

:(
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby Fergie on Thu 21/May/09 9:32am

Yeah very sad, a year older than me :(
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby Tama on Thu 21/May/09 9:32am

Way way way too young :(
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby skint on Thu 21/May/09 9:35am

Very sad news. Best wishes to his family.
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby slowMTB on Thu 21/May/09 9:36am

Here for a good time, not a long time :thumbsup:

Sad news for such a young man :(
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby nagem on Thu 21/May/09 10:29am

That's pretty shit. :(
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby j2hyde on Thu 21/May/09 10:32am

Sucko. Why so young?
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby slidecontrol on Thu 21/May/09 10:35am

wow, Steve is a guy I looked up to in triathlon, I've had a few fantastic email conversations with him via slowtwitch where he's helped me out with aspects of my ironman racing.

the world is a little bit smaller for having lost him :(
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby Scotty on Thu 21/May/09 11:07am

That man was born again hard. One of my favourite MTb pictures ever is him stomping an XC race with blooding pissing everywhere from his face.

Bummer. :(
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby SamultheCamul on Thu 21/May/09 6:30pm

j2hyde wrote:Sucko. Why so young?


Heart Attack? hope its not due to dodgy reasons
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby Oli on Thu 21/May/09 6:32pm

Not a heart attack according to his brother. Some kind of respiratory failure thing...no question of drug abuse.
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Re: Steve Larsen Dies At 39

Postby JohnnyC on Thu 21/May/09 7:15pm

Larsens are one of my favourite tyres ever! Its so sad to see him go so young :(

RIP
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