On September 17, 2000, American cyclist Nicole Reinhart (foto Pinterest) was killed during a 42-mile circuit race held on a 3.5-mile course in Arlington, Massachusetts. Her left pedal and foot hit a concrete curb, and she was thrown from her bicycle and struck a tree. (The accident that killed Wouter Weylandt in May 2011 happened in almost precisely the same manner.)

This event was the last of four races comprising the 2000 BMC Software Cycling Grand Prix. She had won the previous three; the organizers offered $250,000 to any rider who won all four. The prize was donated to her family, who established the Nicole Reinhart Foundation in Macungie, Pennsylvania, in her honor. A park or playground at the Cutter School in Arlington, Massachusetts, was named in her honor as a memorial, and dedicated in 2001.

Nicole Louise Reinhart grew up in Macungie, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. She was a nine-time USA Cycling Junior (18 and under) national champion. As a student at Pennsylvania‘s Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, she won three U.S. fitness championships and excelled on Emmaus’s cross-country and track teams in the highly competitive East Penn Conference.

After graduating from Emmaus High School in 1994, Reinhart focused on cycling and won two national élite track championships and two gold medals at the Pan American Games. In 1999, she signed for Saturn Women’s Professional Cycling Team and won nine races that year, followed by another 13 in 2000. (Wikipedia)

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