Kenyan cyclist Sule Kangangi passed on in a horrible crash during a gravel race in Vermon, United States of America over the weekend.
Kangangi crashed to death while reportedly cycling at a high speed in the Vermont Overland race on Saturday.
His team AMANI took to their social media pages, mourning his untimely demise upon receiving the disturbing news.
“Sule is our captain, friend, brother. He is also a father, husband and son. Gaping holes are left when giant’s fall. Sule was a giant,” his Team AMANI posted on social media. “Instead of leading us at the front of the pack, he will now lead us as our guiding pole star as we press forward in the realization of his dream.”
Wife of Kenya’s President-Elect William Ruto, Rachael Ruto took to Twitter sharing the loss with friends and family of the departed. Sule was a close cyclist to madam Rachael.
“My heartfelt condolences to his family, and the entire cycling community, that has lost a talented cyclist, a mentor and a friend,” she wrote. “We will all miss him as an individual. Kenya has lost a champion. Rest in peace Sule.”
With 59-miles, the Vermont Overland is a dirt road bicycle race that includes nearly 7,000 feet (2,130 meters) of climbing, according to the race’s website.
Prior the particular crash, about 900 cyclists were in contention on Saturday in the race that begins and ends in the community of Brownsville in the town of West Windsor.
Message from the race sponsor said;
“Vermont Overland is heartbroken by the tragic death of Suleiman ‘Sule’ Kangangi during The Overland yesterday,” Ansel Dickey, owner of Vermont Overland, said in a statement on Sunday. “He was a kind friend and an inspiring and heroic athlete to his teammates and the gravel cycling community at large. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, his friends, Team Amani, and the people of Kenya who are mourning his loss today.”- Advertisement -