Steve Larsen died on Tuesday at the age of 39 after collapsing during a running workout. A preliminary autopsy report found heart failure to be unlikely, and pointed to a possible viral cause.
Larsen is well known as a team colleague of Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer and started riding professionally in 1991 with Motorola. In 1994 he moved from Italy back to the United States, to Bend, Oregan and enjoyed mountain biking success. He also turned to Trithlon and Iron Man events with good results, in particular in the cycling leg. He has also competed in World Championships in Cyclo-Cross and Track disciplines.
Retired since 2003, he continued riding as an amature.
Steve Larsen – Career Milestones
Steve is the only American to have ridden the Cycling World Championships in 4 different disciplines (road, mountain bike, track, and cyclo-cross).
1998 NORBA National Cross-Country Mountainbike Champion
2000 NORBA National Cross-Country Mountainbike Champion
2001 4th Place Wildflower Triathlon – 1st American (Bike course record)
2001 1st Place Half-Vineman Triathlon (Course Record)
2001 1st Place Ironman USA (Bike course record)
2002 6th Place Quelle Challenge (Ironman Distance)
2003 6th Place IM New Zealand (New bike course record 4:26)