Colorado Governor Injured in Bicycle Collision

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter was injured while riding his bicycle Tuesday, apparently suffering several broken ribs when he collided with another cyclist, his spokesman said.

Ritter was taken to Denver Health Medical Center. His condition wasn't immediately available, but his spokesman, Evan Dreyer, said the governor was in good spirits, laughing and joking with hospital staff and his wife, Jeannie.

The other cyclist had minor injuries and wasn't taken to a hospital, Dreyer said.

Ritter was in a group of four cyclists when the accident occurred shortly after 6 a.m.

Ritter is a cycling enthusiast. In June, he rode in the 52-mile Elephant Rock Ride south of Denver to promote a new cycling safety law. He also has spoken with seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, who has a home in Aspen, about reviving bicycle racing in Colorado.

Colorado used to host a bicycle stage race in the 1970s and 80s. It was known first as the Red Zinger Classic and later the Coors Classic. It last ran in 1988.