AIDS rider dies while cycling down Highway One through Half Moon Bay

Tuesday May 14, 2002

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — A San Francisco bicyclist collapsed and died Monday on the first day of a charity long-distance bike ride. 

Tom Gilder, 57, was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m., according to AIDS/LifeCycle. 

He had completed approximately 58 miles of the ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles when he stopped pedaling and collapsed along Highway One, the organization said. 

Gilder was treated on an ambulance, but was pronounced dead before he could be transported to a hospital, said Gustavo Suarez, a spokesman for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which co-sponsored the ride. 

The San Mateo County coroner could not be reached for comment, and Half Moon Bay police said they had no information on the death. 

The cause of death has not been determined, Suarez said.