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Epic Cape Death

A 26-year-old Australian cyclist died in his sleep on Tuesday while participating in the eight day, 723km Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race.

James Williamson, who edited the Australian Enduro mountain bike magazine, was declared dead at 6.47am in the Ceres Private Hospital, where he was taken when his riding partner Shaun Lewis, 28, could not wake him, the organisers said in a statement.

Describing Williamson as a “strong young athlete”, the race organisers said he had an uneventful ride on Tuesday and had felt “completely well with no complaints” at the end of the stage.