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Cyclist hospitalized after crashing on GranFondo training ride near Timber Cove

One of Sonoma County's more popular — and dangerous — bicycling routes snared another rider this week, leading to the serious injury of a Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital emergency room doctor who crashed while training for the GranFondo mass ride on Sept. 29.

Charles "Chuck" Magee, 66, lost control Monday on a steep curve near Timber Cove and was thrown into a rocky ravine.

The spot along the route of the 103-mile GranFondo charity ride has been the site of several similar crashes.

"It's a pretty common place for bicyclists to crash," said Timber Cove Fire Chief Michael Singer.

It happened just before 1 p.m. Monday on Hauser Bridge Road near Tin Barn Road. With the GranFondo less than a month away, many bike riders are coming through the area on practice rides.

Singer expressed concern about the potential for more injuries leading up to the annual event, which is expected to draw 7,500 cyclists.

"It's at the bottom of a very steep hill. There's a sharp turn to the left. If riders are not familiar with the road they will miss that turn," he said.

Magee remained in serious condition Tuesday afternoon at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he was being treated by co-workers and friends.

"It's always difficult when one of our own is injured. Everyone has rallied around him," said his wife, Debbie Magee.

Magee, an avid cyclist who rides five days a week and participated in last year's GranFondo, was cycling with friends Monday prepping for this year's ride.

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