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Coast to Coast cyclist died after crashing into wall on Wrynose Pass descent, inquest hears

Coroner concludes that Katherine Moore lost control of her bike during sportive

A coroner has concluded that a cyclist who died when she crashed into a wall while descending the Wrynose Pass during the Coast to Coast in a Day sportive earlier this year had lost control of her bike.

Katherine Moore, aged 56 and from Harrow in north west London, regularly rode sportives with her husband Anthony, reports

The inquest at Kendal’s County Hall was told that Mrs Moore crashed on a steep part of the descent, near Ambleside in the Lake District, during the event in June.

She was found with severe injuries close to a stone wall on a bend on the road by another cyclist whom she had passed shortly beforehand before crashing shortly after 9am.

Crew from the North West Air Ambulance attended the scene but because of the challenging terrain the helicopter had to land some distance away.

Mrs Moore, who had sustained injuries including a fractured skull and broken ribs, was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of medical personnel to save her.

The event in which she had been participating began at Seascale in West Cumbria, with riders heading across the Coast to Coast route to Whitby in North Yorkshire.

Assistant coroner Craig Smith offered his sympathy to Mrs Moore’s family as he returned a finding of accidental death, concluding that she had sustained fatal injuries after colliding with the stone wall.

Last Sunday, the More4 television show Emergency Helicopter Medics featured an incident that also took place this year on the nearby Hardknott Pass, when a cyclist taking part in the Fred Whitton Challenge crashed.

> Cyclist recalls moment her brakes failed on Hardknott Pass descent during Fred Whitton Challenge

Vivienne Sherry, from Preston, fortunately escaped with nothing worse than cuts and bruises after crashing on the descent.

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