Death during Wellington to AKL cycle challenge

Last updated 19:23 10/02/2013

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A man is understood to have died from a suspected heart attack during the afternoon stage of the Wellington to Auckland cycle challenge today.

Race director and former Olympic and Commonwealth Games cyclist Stephen Cox declined to comment tonight after speaking with the man's family, because not all of the man's family had been told.

The second leg of the 13-stage, seven day race was a 66km stage from Featherston to Masterton.

The race is a revival of the Dulux, an elite road race which ran from the 1960s to the 1980s and attracted cyclists from around New Zealand and overseas.

Restarted by Cox in 2011, the event caters for a broad range of abilities and ages and raises funds for Think, the New Zealand head injury network.

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