In a heart-wrenching accident, the cycling world lost a bright star, 17-year-old Magnus White from Boulder, Colorado. A member of the U.S. national cycling team and a rising talent in American cycling, Magnus tragically lost his life when he was struck by a driver while cycling on the shoulder of a highway in Boulder. The devastating incident has left the entire community in shock, as they remember the passion and achievements of this young cyclist.
Magnus White had already made significant strides in his cycling career, showcasing remarkable talent and dedication. He was the reigning champion of the 2021 USA Cyclocross Junior Men’s National Championship, a feat that spoke volumes about his prowess on the bike. The young athlete had also represented the U.S. in the cyclocross world championships in both Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Hoogerheide, the Netherlands earlier this year.
For Magnus White, cycling was not just a sport; it was a passion that began at the tender age of two on a strider bike. By eight, he was already racing, and his love for the sport only grew stronger over the years. He was an integral part of the Boulder Junior Cycling team, constantly pushing himself to achieve personal excellence.
Known for his infectious smile and warm personality, Magnus White was not only a talented cyclist but also a dedicated family member and friend. His parents, Michael and Jill White, expressed their immense grief over the loss of their beloved son. They described him as a vibrant soul who brought joy and laughter to everyone around him. In addition to his parents, Magnus leaves behind his brother, Eero, and a close-knit group of friends who deeply mourn his untimely departure.
The cycling community and beyond have rallied around the White family during this difficult time. A GoFundMe campaign, organized by a close friend of the family, aims to support them in coping with the devastating loss. USA Cycling has confirmed the authenticity of the campaign and encourages anyone touched by Magnus’ story to contribute.
The tragic accident occurred on Highway 119, known as the Diagonal, when a 23-year-old woman driving a Toyota Matrix veered onto the shoulder, striking Magnus White from behind before crashing into a fence. Despite immediate medical attention, the young cyclist could not be saved. The driver of the car was unharmed, and there is no suspicion of drugs, alcohol, or excessive speed involved in the crash, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Christine Lipson, organizer of the GoFundMe campaign and a close family friend, remembers Magnus White as a dedicated and hardworking cyclist who always strived to be his best. His strong work ethic was evident in his commitment to representing his community and country on an international stage. Lipson’s son was a close friend and teammate of Magnus, and she deeply understands the impact this tragedy has on the entire cycling community.
USA Cycling paid a heartfelt tribute to Magnus, highlighting his passion for the sport and his close bond with his teammates and community. The cycling organization expressed their condolences to the White family, Magnus’ friends, and teammates, as well as the entire Boulder community during this immensely difficult time. They also emphasized their commitment to honoring Magnus’ memory both on and off the bike.
Magnus White’s untimely departure has left a void in the cycling world, but his achievements and passion for the sport will continue to inspire all those who knew him. As the investigation into the accident continues, the cycling community stands united in grief, remembering Magnus’ incredible talent and the impact he made during his all-too-brief life.