VERICK — A tragedy occurred earlier today, when Michael Coyle, a local triathlon competitor, was killed in an accident during the Musselman Triathlon in the Finger Lakes.
Coyle, 38, of Rochester, struck the back of a parked SUV during the biking segment of the triathlon on Route 96A in the town of Verick. He was transported to Geneva General Hospital, where he died.
Coyle was a well respected runner and triathlete in our region that recently survived the Boston bombings.
The Genesee Valley Cycling Club posted this statement:
Dear GVCC Members – I report with much sadness the tragic passing today of long-standing GVCC member, Michael Coyle. Mike passed away in an accident while participating in the Musselman Triathlon in Geneva, NY. Mike was a highly-skilled athlete in cycling, running, and swimming. He was very respected for his sportsmanship, and competitiveness. Highlights include his participation in the Rochester Twilight Criterium and the Boston Marathon. Please keep his family in your prayers. We extend our sincerest condolences.