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Cyclist killed in Esparto was experienced Foster City rider

The cyclist killed Sunday in the Esparto Time Trial was identified Monday as Allen Brumm, 57, of Foster City, according to Yolo County coroner’s officials.

It was the second time this year a cyclist was fatally struck during an organized event held on rural Yolo County roads.

Brumm, 57, was riding east on County Road 19, west of Interstate 505 near Esparto, when he was hit by a westbound car that had temporarily crossed over the double yellow line to pass another Esparto Time Trial cyclist traveling west. Brumm tried to stop by laying down his bicycle but was still run over by the 2015 Honda Accord, driven by an unidentified 25-year-old woman from Esparto.

The 18-mile time trial began at 8 a.m. Sunday and took participants on flat roads that are primarily used by local residents. In time trial events, cyclists ride solo and race against the clock, as opposed to starting with a pack.

Brumm worked as a consultant for Oracle, according to his LinkedIn page. He was a member of the Bay Area cycling club Alto Velo and an avid racer, participating in dozens of events over the years, based on a profile from USA Cycling.

In an email, Alto Velo president Karen Brem said the club was “deeply saddened by the loss of one of our longtime members. Allen was a great teammate and a great person, and he will be missed.”

On Monday, California Highway Patrol officials warned the investigation could take at least a month. So far, officials have been unwilling to assign blame because both Brumm and the driver appear to have been at fault. Cyclists are required to ride as far to the right as possible, while cars are required to have appropriate space before passing, CHP Sgt. Andy Hill said.

Robert Leibold, whose company Velo Promo organized the event, did not respond to requests for comment. On a website promoting the race, organizers state that riders “must remain in the right half of the right lane on the course except while passing.”

“There is other traffic on the roadway,” the note cautions, adding, “be prepared to slow and/or maneuver.”

Local events like time trials are frequently conducted alongside regular traffic, partly because of logistics and the cost associated with closing public roads. In Yolo County, race promoters who wish to close roads must submit detailed plans to the county government and other agencies for approval. Sunday’s event did not take that step.

In May, Ronald Cortez, 50, of Rocklin, was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer after Cortez failed to stop at a stop sign just outside Davis at Tremont Road and Sparling Lane. He was participating in the Davis Double Century, a 200-mile race through Yolo, Solano, Napa and Lake counties.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang

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