Rasputitsa gravel racer killed midrace in head-on collision with truck

“The bike was under the truck. It was bad,” says race support vehicle driver

The startline of the 100K race at the 2023 Rasputitsa
(Image credit: Chris H. Hadgis)

A cyclist participating in the Rasputitsa 100K gravel race in East Burke, Vermont, was killed on Saturday morning after a head-on collision with a non-race vehicle.

According to Vermont State Police, they were notified of a collision between a pick-up truck and a cyclist at 9:20 am on Saturday, April 29th, near the intersection of Brook Road and Carter Road. The preliminary investigation indicates the rider was traveling south on Brook Road when he entered the northbound side of the road. At that time, Alex Goss of East Haven, VT, was traveling north on Brook Road in a Dodge pickup truck. The front of the pickup struck the cyclist head on. The cyclist was 54-year-old Richard Wantall of Marblehead, MA.

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Chris H. Hadgis

Born Hrisafie Hariklea Hadgis, Chris is Greek American and grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After college, Chris wrote on-air promotions for The Learning Channel. She attended theater school, wrote and acted in sketch comedy shows in Los Angeles and New York City, and now works as a freelance writer, copywriter and journalist for bike companies, health and wellness brands, and local news publications.

An avid cyclist, she’s written gear reviews and ride essays for PrettyDamnedFast. She’s also written for various publications, including The Los Angeles Times, MetroSports, The Quechee Times, DirtRag magazine, The Radavist and Bicycling.