Colorado cycling icon Dale Stetina critically injured in crash
BOULDER, Colo. — Dale Stetina, an icon in the Colorado bicycling community, was critically injured in an accident Saturday, the Colorado State Patrol said Sunday.
Stetina, 57, was riding with a group of cyclists in Lefthand Canyon east of Ward when a 1999 Jeep Wrangler drove onto the road in front of the group from an eastbound pullout. Early investigation shows that high vegetation may have blocked the driver’s view, CSP said.
The driver of the Wrangler managed to stop, as did most of the cyclists. Stetina avoided the vehicle but was ejected over the handlebars, suffering a serious head injury in spite of his helmet. He was flown to a hospital.
The driver of the Wrangler has not been cited. He was identified only as a man from Firestone.
A letter sent Sunday on behalf of Stetina’s family stated that the cyclist sustained “significant facial and ocular damage” as well as brain stem injuries.
“Dale is in tough shape,” the letter reads. “The future of Dale’s recovery is not known at this time, the doctors have offered no predictions. His vital signs are stable given the trauma he encountered. We are all hopeful.”
Stetina won more than 200 domestic and international bike races from 1965-83 and was a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. Stetina is a two-time winner of Colorado’s Coors Classic and father of Boulder pro cyclist Peter Stetina, 26, the Denver Post reported.