Five bicyclists injured during race in Montgomery County


CLARKSBURG - Five bicyclists suffered serious injuries when they crashed into each other during the annual Michael P. Murad Memorial Road Race in Montgomery County yesterday morning, police and race organizers said.

Police said one of the cyclists in the men's 50-59 age category lost control and caused four other cyclists to crash near Clarksburg and Burnt Hill roads, about half an hour into a 42-mile race that began at 8:05 a.m.

After the race was halted, two of the injured cyclists were taken by helicopter to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

One had suffered a head injury, and another was having difficulty breathing, police said.

The three other injured riders were taken by ambulance to Shady Grove Hospital. According to Matt McGoey, owner of the race's sponsor, the All-American Bicycle Center in Damascus, there were two broken collarbones among the five injured riders, none of whose identities was released.

The race, on a 7-mile circuit around Clarksburg, continued after the injured riders were evacuated, with time allowances made for about 60 riders who were delayed because of the crash.

"This is the first time we've had [an accident] this serious," McGoey said. "We've been hosting this eight years, and it's been a very safe event."

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