Man on grueling motorcycle race crashes in Alaska

Posted: Monday, July 05, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A Seattle man participating in a controversial cross-country Harley-Davidson race collided with two Fairbanks bicyclists, who say they were lucky they weren't seriously injured.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating whether 53-year-old Vik Livingston of Seattle fell asleep while riding on the last leg of an 8,000-mile motorcycle race billed as the Iditarod of Harley-Davidsons.

But Livingston said he swerved out of the way of a car that suddenly braked in front of him.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the motorcycle race has been marred with a rider's death, several accidents and accusations from participants that it is badly organized.

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