A British woman has lost her life in a tragic mountain bike accident while on holiday with her husband in Italy. The 27-year-old, whose name has not been released, was cycling on a wooded path near Lake Garda when she fell and hit her head on a rocky section of the trail. She died instantly, despite wearing a helmet, while her husband witnessed the horrific scene.
The couple had arrived at the Brescia side of Lake Garda on Wednesday and had rented a car and two bikes to explore the area. They were riding on the Via Mezzane, a gravel road that connects Navazzo di Gargnano and Gaino, around 10am on Thursday when the accident occurred.
According to local media reports, the woman lost control of her bike and crashed into a boulder, suffering a fatal brain injury. Her husband, who was following behind her, tried to help her but could not revive her. An ambulance and a helicopter were dispatched to the scene, but the paramedics could only confirm the woman’s death. Her husband, who was in shock, was taken to the Famagusta State Hospital for treatment. The police also arrived and cordoned off the area to conduct an investigation.
The British Embassy in Rome said it was aware of the incident and was providing consular assistance to the woman’s family. A spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British woman who has died in Italy and are in contact with the local authorities.” The woman’s death has shocked the local community and the cycling enthusiasts who frequent the area.
The Via Mezzane is a popular route for mountain bikers, who enjoy its scenic views and challenging terrain. However, it is also known for its steep slopes and sharp turns, which require caution and skill.
The woman was riding a gravel bike, which is designed to handle both paved and unpaved roads. However, some experts have warned that gravel bikes are not suitable for rough trails and can pose a risk for inexperienced riders. They have advised cyclists to use proper mountain bikes with suspension and wider tires for off-road adventures.