Race Day turned memorial day: Instead of watching their son compete at Worlds, Magnus White's parents ride in his memory

The 17-year-old American talent was killed in a training ride just days before heading to Scotland

Magnus White
(Image credit: Penultimate Stage)

Today was meant to be an exciting day for 17-year-old Magnus White and his parents. A rising star in the off-road cycling scene, the teen was chosen to represent Team USA at the Junior Men’s Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. By all accounts, White was ready. There may have been some nerves but there shouldn't have been any tears — not the sad, unconsolable kind anyway. 

But White never got the chance to feel those pre-race jitters, to tie the World Championship race number to his bars, or to test himself against the world's best. On July 30, White was out on a training ride, putting in his final preparations before leaving for Glasgow, when he was struck and killed by a driver near his home in Boulder, Colorado.

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