Amy Dombroski Dies: Bike Racer, 26, Hit by Truck in Belgium

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Friday, 04 Oct 2013 08:22 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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World class professional bike racer Amy Dombroski died this week in Belgium after she was hit by a truck while training near the town of Sint-Katelijne-Waver.

Dombroski, 26, was behind a scooter in the middle of a speed training workout when the collision with the truck occurred, according to the Daily Camera. 

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"This was going to be her World Cup year," Greg Keller, a Boulder cyclocross racer and blogger said. "She was right at the sweet spot. This was her second year on arguably one of the world's most famous cyclocross teams. She was cracking the code and putting in all the hard work, like she was today, training."

Velo News in December described Dombroski as being in the "middle of her best season ever" as a cyclist with the American Telenet-Fidea team. The report stated she was mere seconds away from a breakthrough season. She had just missed an automatic spot on the American national team for the world cyclocross championship in Louisville in February.

"Though many American racers have achieved some level of success in Europe, Dombroski — together with Jonathan Page and Christine Vardaros — is one of only three Americans to completely immerse herself in Belgium’s crazed cyclocross scene," wrote Dean Seaton, of VeloNews.com. "And with a full season of experience under her belt last year and the support of one of the biggest teams in cyclocross this year . . . Dombroski is on the brink of real racing success."

Kristin Weber, a friend and fellow Boulder cyclist, told the Daily Camera that Dombroski was a "petite firecracker with a heart of gold" as well as a role model for the women cyclists.

"My heart breaks for the close friends, family and our entire cycling community that is reeling from this news," Weber said.

Dombroski was living in Boulder. She grew up in Jericho, Vt., where she often skied. Dombroski flew to Belgium this week to join her team after competing at the Gran Prix of Gloucester in Mass., where she finished eighth on Sept. 28 and 11th on Sept. 29. 

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