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Rocklin woman dies on mountain bike trail ride near Auburn

By: Journal Staff
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A Rocklin woman died Thursday while mountain biking on a trail near Auburn.

The 49-year-old woman had what the Placer County Sheriff’s Office described as a “physical event” while riding at about 2 p.m. on the Connector Trail near Lake Clementine in the Auburn State Recreation Area.

The remote location hampered efforts to get to the area where the woman was, with initial plans for a helicopter to lift her out abandoned because the closest was available from Napa. Instead, Cal Fire firefighters were dispatched to recover the body of the cyclist, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman had been cycling for about 14 miles on trails in the rugged recreation area before being stricken, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Thursday. Her identity was not being released until relatives had been notified. An autopsy is being held to determine the cause of the woman’s death, which didn’t involve a crash or fall.

– Gus Thomson