STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Colorado authorities have determined that a 45-year-old man who died during a mountain bike race last weekend suffered a heart attack.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that Andrew Balika of Littleton collapsed about 2:30 p.m. Saturday during the 50-mile Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race in a remote area of Emerald Mountain.
Authorities say Balika had stopped to rest on a bench near an aid station and was talking to a race coordinator when he fell over. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said an autopsy done on Monday concluded that Balika was the victim of a “sudden cardiac death.”