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Two Ironman cyclists hit by car

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Published: Sep. 12, 2016 at 6:55 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) --- Ironman Athletes can expect big obstacles, but not many expect a car to get in the way.

"We've been doing the Ironman Wisconsin here for many years generally it goes off without any sort of incident," said Captain Jeffrey Teuscher with Dane County Sheriff's Office.

But after two cyclists were struck by cars in yesterday's race, some local cyclists are worried.

"it is scary because its a serious reminder how crashes can be detrimental especially during a big race," said Zachary Barnes with Wisconsin Bike Federation.

The two accidents happened along the course in Fitchburg and just outside Madison in Pine Bluff.

"We had a section of bicyclists that were trying to go through and the driver went through at the same time of the bicyclists," said Teuscher.

Accidents that Zachary Barnes is tired of seeing. Just last month a 33 year old Oregon man was hit and killed while training for the Ironman.

And just last week a Fitchburg woman was also struck while riding her bike.

"It's even more of a reminder to me and a lot of people we need to prioritize when we're walking, when we're biking, when we're driving," said Barnes.

"You have to remember that bicyclists have equal rights just like vehicles do," said Teuscher.

But to Barnes there is a solution.

"If they're feeling hopeless of this kind of story of what can i do riding a bike becomes part of the pill, part of the solution," said Barnes.

The Wisconsin Bike Federation is challenging everyone in Dane County to ride a bike between September 12 and October 7th.

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