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Multiple age group triathlon world champion killed while cycling

Karen McKeachie helped pioneer the sport and was inducted into USA Triathlon's Hall of Fame...

Seven-time age group ITU world triathlon champion Karen McKeachie has been killed in a road traffic collision with a motor vehicle while cycling near her home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

News of her death at the age of 63 was broken by cycling and triathlon journalist Tom Demerly on his personal website on Saturday that cited a Facebook post by one of McKeachie’s relatives.

Inducted to the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2014, as recently as five years ago McKeachie was winning triathlons against women more than half her age.

In 1999, at the age of 46, she was named USA Triathlon Athlete of the Year – the oldest person to be given that accolade. She also completed the Kona Ironman nine times.

An engineer by profession, her sporting career had begun as a track and field athlete and later coach at the University of Michigan.

Huron Valley Ambulance confirmed that McKeachie died at the scene of the collision on Friday evening. She is survived by her husband, Lew Kidder.

Besides her own triathlon career, McKeachie had also coached people in the sport for three and a half decades as well as organising races through their business, WildSide Events.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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