Spanish cyclist dies following heart attack at Morocco’s Titan Desert

Spanish cyclist dies following heart attack at Morocco's Titan Desert Credit: Twitter @TitanDesert

The Spanish cyclist died following a heart attack on Monday, May, 8, at a cycling event in Morocco.

On Monday, May, 8, it was announced that the 50-year-old Spanish cyclist, Ernesto Escolano, died following a heart attack in the Mohammed VI University Hospital in Marrakech, Morocco, on Monday, May, 8.

The Titan Desert event which takes place from May, 8, to May, 13, saw the Spanish cyclist suffer a heart attack after cycling 102 km in the scorching heat, between Merzouga and Ksar Jdaid, Morocco.

The Aragonese cyclist, who wore bib number 521, required emergency medical assistance on the second stage, at km 82, where he was attended to by the track medical team, who gave him first aid to stabilise him.

He was then transferred by helicopter to the Mohammed VI University Hospital Centre in Marrachech, where he died shortly afterwards despite medical efforts, explained the Titan Desert organisation’s official statement.

It is not currently known whether the Spanish cyclist had any pre-existing heart conditions.

The Garmin Titan Desert was founded in 2006 and it is a six-day mountain bike race consisting of multiple stages and held annually in the Morrocco desert between the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains. 

The news of the death of the Spanish cyclist follows similar news of a 71-year-old British passenger who died last Friday night after allegedly suffering a heart attack in the middle of a flight from London to Lisbon. 

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Joshua Manning

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    • James Billington

      11 May 2022 • 11:34

      So scorching that he died of some injection…

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