Sule Kangangi, a Kenyan cyclist who passed away while participating in a race in the US, has received a deluge of condolences.
According to a statement from his team, he was taking part in the Vermont Overland competition on Saturday when he reportedly crashed fatally.
Along with Jordan Schleck of Uganda, the 33-year-old and his fellow riders from Kenya, John Kariuki, Nancy Akinyi were all competing.
Kenyan-born British cyclist Chris Froome posted on Twitter, “Heart-breaking. My thoughts are with Sule’s friends and family.”
Wife of Kenya’s president-elect, William Ruto, Rachel Ruto, referred to Kangangi’s passing as the loss of “a friend and a mentor” to the region’s cycling community.
The renowned Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya hosted the first gravel race in East Africa, with Kangangi taking first place in the men’s division.
Additionally, he competed for Kenya at the Commonwealth Games, All Africa Games, and Tour du Rwanda.