Rider dies at 24 hours of Dubai race

Inaugural endurance event cancelled following tragedy

The 24 hours of Dubai got off to a tragic start

The inaugural 24 hours of Dubai mountain bike endurance race has been cancelled following the death of a participant.

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The 45 year old German rider, Thomas Gräßle, died just an hour into the race after falling heavily in the amphitheatre section of a course within Dubai’s Al Mamzar Park. 

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An Austrian and a German doctor who were also racing were quickly on the scene but were unable to save Gräßle.