A cross-country bicyclist struck by a car while riding through rural Wichita County has died. The cyclist from Minnesota was hospitalized in Wichita after the June 14 collision.
A second rider in the 4,300-mile race hit by a car June 18 in Harvey County, meanwhile, remains hospitalized at Via Christi, though in good condition.
Officials at Wesley Medical Center confirmed John J. Egbers, 64, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, died Thursday.
Egbers was a participant in the Trans Am Bike Race, a cross-country bicycle race that started June 2 in Astoria, Washington, and ends in Yorktown, Virginia.
Egbers was riding eastbound on Kansas Highway 96 when he was hit from behind just before 5:20 p.m. that evening some 12 miles west of Scott City, by a Scott City woman also headed eastbound.
Egbers was airlifted to Wesley, where he has remained since the accident.
Also injured during the race while in Kansas was Tsaichu Cheng, 44, known as TC, a rider from Mountain View, California.
Cheng was southbound in the 6100 Block of North Ridge Road when he was struck from behind by a car driven by a 17-year-old girl from Hutchinson about 10:40 p.m. June 18.
Cheng suffered multiple injuries, including a shattered hip and injured neck. He remains hospitalized at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, where he's listed in good condition.
The last rider in the race — a man from Bangalore, India — passed through Reno County on Thursday, according to the race website, with the final three cyclists in the race now east of Wichita.
A California man was killed during last year’s race when he was hit by a car near Leoti.
Friends of both Egbers and Cheng have started a GoFundMe pages to help pay for medical expenses.
Egbers' page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/john-egbers-medical-expenses
To track riders remaining in the race, go to https://transambikerace.com/