Clovis News

Injuries in cycling event prompt safety study

Organizers of a weekend Fresno County cycling event in which two participants were injured – one of whom was left near death – will look at safety concerns, but have not made any decisions on possible route changes, a spokesman said Monday.

A Bay Area woman remained on life support Monday in Community Regional Medical Center after she was critically injured in a 100-mile bike ride on Hills Valley Road near Highway 180 on Saturday.

Crystel Stanford, 29, of San Carlos was riding south on Hills Valley Road about 12:20 p.m. when she applied the brakes, skidded and was thrown to the pavement, the CHP said.

A relative said she will remain on life support until her organs are donated.

A witness said Stanford was going downhill when she lost control of her bicycle, said Mike Herman, director of the Eye-Q California Classic Weekend. The bike ride was part of the weekend's events.

Herman said Stanford's accident was unfortunate.

Crashes of this nature are not rare, but tragic consequences are, he said.

Ride organizers will evaluate the course route, Herman said.

However, "we haven't made any decisions at this point," he said.

More than a hour before Stanford's accident, another cyclist – Jim Cameron, 49, of Clovis – broke eight ribs when he was thrown into a sign post after a tire gave out in the same general area where Stanford crashed.

Cameron, who was in serious condition Monday at Community Regional Medical Center, also suffered a broken nose and cheekbone, a broken neck vertebrae, a collapsed lung and a broken shoulder blade, said his wife, Cindy Cameron.