Rochester man dies during triathlon

Posted at: 07/13/2013 9:31 PM

A Rochester man who was participating in the Mussleman Triathlon in the Finger Lakes died Saturday after crashing his bicycle into a SUV.

According to State Police, 38 year-old Michael Coyle was riding his bicycle southbound on State Route 96A in the Town of Varick during the bicycle portion of the triathlon. Police say he ran his bike into the back of a parked SUV on the shoulder of the roadway. Police say the SUV was parked there because it had run out of gas.

Coyle was taken to Geneva General Hospital where he died.

Genesee Valley Cycling Club President Michael Deats released this statement on Coyle's death:

“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.”