Town rocked by cyclist’s death

ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Alain Guerin earlier this year during his momentous ride to the top of the Col de Galibier - France.

A TRAGIC accident claimed the life of local cyclist Alain Guerin on Mt Buller Road, near Scully’s Lane, last Wednesday.

Sergeant Marty McLachlan of Mansfield Highway Patrol said it appeared Mr Guerin, 76, was hit by a motor vehicle travelling in the same direction, resulting in him being thrown off his bike and onto the grass verge of the road.

He sustained life threatening injuries and despite paramedics trying to save him, he unfortunately died at the scene before an air ambulance could transport him to a Melbourne hospital.
Police closed Mt Buller Road for almost 12 hours while the Major Collison Investigation Group carried out investigations.

Sgt McLachlan said it was an unfortunate accident but did state that he considered most of Mansfield’s local roads were not conducive to cycling.

Mr Guerin was an experienced cyclist, who was a member of the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club and regularly rode in the club’s weekly road races.

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