Cyclist dies on Alps 2 Ocean trail

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A 65-year-old cyclist was been found dead on the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail on Saturday night.

Omarama police were advised of an overdue cyclist on the Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama section of the trail at 8.05pm.

The 65-year-old male, who was visiting the area, left the Lake Ohau Lodge at approximately 3:45pm, with the intention of cycling to the Historic Woolshed on Quailburn Road, Quailburn.

Southern District Command Centre district deployment co-ordinator acting Senior Sergeant Ben Butterfield said when the man, who was travelling alone, failed to arrive at the Woolshed a small Search and Rescue (SAR) operation was initiated.

At approximately 10:15pm, a member of the search team located the male about 2 metres down a small bank just off the cycle trail, about 1.5 kilometres from the Lake Ohau Lodge end of the track.

He had no signs of life and was confirmed dead by SAR staff who walked into the remote incident scene, acting Senior Sergeant Butterfield said.

The man’s body was recovered from the site yesterday morning after further SAR staff arrived at the scene to assist to retrieve the man when weather and light conditions were more favourable.

Several SAR staff had remained with the deceased overnight.

The acting senior sergeant said he could confirm the man was a New Zealander but not local to the area.

Police are satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances, he said.

Lake Ohau Lodge owner Mike Neilson confirmed that the man had not been staying at the lodge.

The death has been referred to the coroner.

Police are in the process of advising next-of-kin of the death and the name of the deceased will not be released at this time.