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Cyclists support ride despite fatal crash

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(WRCB) -- Steve Lewis battles the elements cycling through the hills near Apison.

He says this is nothing compared to the route in the 3 State 3 Mountain challenge more than 2,000 bikers braved this weekend.

Unfortunately one man, Antonio Ribeiro from Florida, never crossed the finish line. He was killed in a crash with a car.

"There are a lot of sweeping turns you have to set up and a lot at the bottom that are very tight."

We took our camera through the tight curves of Ochs Highway to the exact location of Ribeiro's accident.

Police say during the downpour, the man swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a car head on.

Phillip Pugliese with Outdoor Chattanooga says this tragedy should make drivers and cyclist more aware.

"All vehicle operators need to be cautious and use appropriate care for all weather conditions."

Lewis says fatigue and poor visibility could have been issues since Ribeiro was only three miles from the finish line.

And as for questions as to whether they should have been racing in the first place, Lewis said it would take weather much worse than Saturday to stop it.

"Something that is dangerous to the riders. It is up to them to make that decision as to whether they can handle a situation or not."

Pugliese says, "For this type of event, that is rain or shine, those thresholds were not reached."

Police say they accident is still under investigation.

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