Dario Acquaroli Cause of Death: How the Mountain Bike Legend Died on Easter Day

A Tragic End for a Champion

Dario Acquaroli, a former mountain bike champion who won two world titles and two European titles in his career, died on Easter day, April 9, 2023, while he was cycling near his home in Camerata Cornello, in the province of Bergamo, Italy. He was 48 years old.

According to the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI), Acquaroli was found unconscious on the ground, next to his bicycle, in an inaccessible area along a mule track that leads from Cespedosio to the village. He was probably the victim of a heart attack or a myocardial infarction, which is the same cause of death of his father, who died at a similar age when Acquaroli was only 16 years old.

Some cyclists who saw him lying on the ground called for help, but it was too late. The helicopter that took off from Como and the Alpine Rescue personnel who arrived at the site could not do anything to save him.

A Glorious Career in Mountain Biking

Acquaroli was born on March 10, 1975, in San Giovanni Bianco, and was one of the strongest Italian specialists ever in mountain biking. He started his career with the Bianchi mountain bike team and raced 19 world championships with the Italian national team between cross country and marathon.

He won his first European title in 1992, and repeated the feat in 1993. In the same year, he also won his first world title as a junior. His second world championship title came in 1996, in the under-23 men’s cross country race, where he finished ahead of future road cycling stars Miguel Martinez and Cadel Evans.

He also won five Italian titles, in 1992, 1993, 1996, 2000, and 2005. He defended the colors of Team Bianchi, Full-Dynamix, and Sintesi Larm. He remained involved in the Italian mountain bike community until his death, inspiring many young riders with his passion and talent.

A Shocking Loss for the Cycling World

Acquaroli’s death has shocked and saddened the cycling world, especially in Italy, where he was considered a legend and a role model. Many tributes and condolences have been expressed by his former teammates, rivals, friends, and fans on social media and in the press.

The FCI tweeted: “A ride on Easter day, an illness… he left like this, today, Dario Acquaroli, 48 years old, a symbol of MTB in Italy for a decade, twice world champion XCO”.

The former road cyclist and current commentator Davide Cassani wrote: “I’m speechless, I’m sorry. A great champion, a great person. RIP Dario”.

The former mountain biker and current coach Paolo Rosola said: “He was a great champion, but above all a great friend. He was always smiling, always positive, always ready to help. He was a reference point for many young riders. He will be missed by everyone”.

The cycling community mourns the loss of one of its stars, who left too soon, doing what he loved the most: riding his bike.

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