Cyclist Dies During 206-mile LOTOJA Amateur Bicycle RaceVern Pitcher
Race spokesman said Verharren was a highly experienced cyclist who had competed in the event at least twice before. This was the first fatality in the race's 30-year history. LoToJa is billed as the longest one-day bicycle race in the country sanctioned by USA Cycling. This year's event drew 1,500 competitors from across the nation.
Robert Verhaaren was an avid cyclist and scoutmaster who received an accounting degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from New York University School of Law. He is survived by a wife and three children.