One of Colorado’s foremost cyclists was killed while training Sunday morning. Gwen Inglis, 47, was hit by a car in Lakewood after a vehicle drifted into the bike lane, police say.

Inglis was identified as the fallen cyclist in Jefferson County by the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado, part of USA Cycling.

“Colorado cycling lost one of their best yesterday,” the organization said in a news release. “There are few words that can express the feeling of loss for any of our cycling community, and Gwen was a particularly special person. She was a multiple National and State Champion on the bike and very well known across the cycling community in Colorado. Even more impressive was her character off the bike. Knowing Gwen, you would immediately be aware of her strongest qualities. She consistently brought joy into all her relationships, and she openly accepted everyone.”

Inglis is the reigning road race national champion for women in the 45-49 age group. Her husband, Mike Inglis, is also a standout cyclist. The two won their classifications on the same day in an August 2019 Boulder race.

“She was a wonderful human being who epitomized everything that is good in sports and humanity, a true advocate of inclusion and the type of person any parent would want their young athlete to look up to,” said Shawn Farrell, executive director of Colorado Cycling.

Inglis was a member of the Black Swift/Cycleton Cycling Team and had recently ridden for the Stages Cycling Team. Her last race was on April 24, when she finished No. 8 in the Pueblo Classic.

The crash occurred at 10 a.m. Sunday at Alameda Parkway and Indiana Street. Inglis was hit by a compact sedan and later died in the hospital. The driver was charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Vehicular homicide charges are also being looked at.

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