Tragedy struck the 5,000-strong Great Victorian Bike Ride when a gust of wind forced a cyclist into a passing vehicle.
Deborah Gray, 53, of Mt. Moriac had ridden the charity bike ride for 12 years. The Herald-Sun said Gray died from injuries received in the freak accident on Murray Valley Highway near Echuca.
Harry Barber, general manager of the ride, told the newspaper that a service was held in the meal tent Monday night.
“We talked about Deborah but we didn't use her name. She was, in a sense, the unknown soldier. She symbolised any one of us who could have been in that situation.”
The ride raises money for the Bone Marrow Donor Institute.