One cyclist killed after driver crashes into American sportive riders 'at more than 100mph'

Witnesses report that driver lost control as they travelled at double the speed limit

Riders compete in the Tour de Palm Springs

(Image credit: Flickr/Randy Heinitz)

One cyclist has been killed another seriously injured after they were hit by a car - which witnesses say was being driven at more than 100mph - while taking part in a sportive in California.

49-year-old Mark Kristofferson was pronounced dead at the scene and 50-year-old Alyson Lee Akers airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after they were involved in a collision with a car during the Tour de Palm Springs event.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.