- On May 11, Mo Wilson was fatally shot in Austin, Texas, where she had traveled to race Gravel Locos.
- Wilson was a rising star on the gravel and endurance mountain bike scene in the United States, and held the overall lead in the Life Time Grand Prix Series and Belgium’s Waffle Ride Quadruple Crown of Gravel.
- The Austin Police Department released a statement saying they identified a “person of interest” in the shooting, but no further details were made available.
Over the weekend, the cycling world mourned the loss of 25-year-old Moriah “Mo” Wilson, a rising star in the gravel and mountain bike racing scene. Wilson was found shot and killed in a home in Austin, Texas on Wednesday evening, although her name was not released until late Friday. She was in Texas preparing for Gravel Locos, where she was favored to win.
According to Austin American Statesman, police responded to a 911 call to an East Austin home around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Wilson was found bleeding and unconscious from multiple gunshot wounds. “Investigators arrived at the scene and discovered a 25-year-old female with multiple gunshot wounds,” the Austin Police Department press release read. “Officers and EMS took lifesaving action. However, the victim died from his injuries.
On Saturday, investigators announced they had identified a “person of interest” and they did not believe the homicide was a random act. No other information was made available.
Wilson was a rising star on the gravel racing scene: In April alone, she won the 80km Sea Otter Fuego mountain bike race – the first race in the Life Time Grand Prix series – and also won the 136 mile Belgian Tour de Gaffle (BWR). These race victories put her at the top of the Lifetime Grand Prix and the BWR Quadruple Crown of Gravel series.
“The BWR family is devastated by the loss of such a talented and wonderful person…a commanding competitor with a huge heart under her jacket,” race organizers wrote on Instagram over the weekend. “The world of cycling, and the gravel community in particular, has suffered a tremendous loss.”
The former Specialized employee had recently quit her job to focus on her career as a professional rider, according to BikeNews. She had been seriously focused on professional cycling since 2019, but her sporting career began long before that, as a skier from East Burke, Vermont. She attended Burke Mountain Academy and skied for Dartmouth College before focusing on cycling.
His death had a profound impact on the cycling community. “Moriah Wilson was all light and laughing. She was tragically killed by a deadly gunshot a few days ago. She was talented, smart, sweet, quick, focused and graceful. She had a composure and inner strength that is so rare in a human being, especially one just 25 years old,” wrote Mountain Bike and Gravel Hall of Famer Rebecca Rusch on Instagram. . “There was a bubble of positivity and joy around her, and we all wanted to be in her bubble.”
His family released a statement to the media on Friday, originally published in BikeNews:
We thank everyone for their expressions of love and support for us during this difficult time. While Moriah’s tragic loss is unfathomable, at the same time, we want everyone to join us in celebrating his life, his accomplishments, and his love for others. Always pushing relentlessly to achieve her goals, we knew she was pursuing what she loved. We will miss her terribly and know that we all mourn her with us.
We know Moriah would want the event [ed. note: the Gravel Locos race] carry on for her compatriots to test their limits, as she would have been alongside her friends on the racetrack. We hope everyone feels their passion and support as they pursue their own dreams. His spirit will be there with all of you, during training and every race day.
Please do not request interviews or comments during the remainder of May. We are planning a celebration of life in June and will let you know the details soon.
Eric, Karen and Matt Wilson
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