Bicyclist Loses Control, Dies During Steve Barbour Memorial Tour

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A man participating in the third-annual Steve Barbour Memorial Tour died after losing control of his bicycle and crashing into a guardrail Saturday morning.

Charlie Shu was one of about 250 riders participating in the ride, which was part of the weekend’s Bike Columbus Festival.

According to the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, Shu was traveling down a steep hill on Morris Salem Road, south of Tariton Road in Pickaway County, at about 10:20 a.m. when he lost control and struck a guardrail. Shu was ejected and struck the guardrail.

Shu, 48, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Steve Barbour Memorial Tour helps promote bike safety and education programs. The ride began on West Broad Street near COSI and traveled south to Hocking County.

Ira Weiss, Consider Biking vice president, and Frank Seebode, a ride organizer, offered their condolences to Shu’s family and friends and to the riders who assisted at the scene of Saturday’s fatal crash.

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