A Madison bicyclist was killed Friday when he was struck by a van in Mississippi.

Christopher Vogts, 25, was riding his bike on Highway 61 near Blakely, Miss., on his way to visit friends in New Orleans when he was struck at about 9 p.m., according to the Vicksburg Post.

Vogts died at the scene.

"He loved to go on bike tours," said Hank Disch, manager at Budget Bicycle Center, 1124 Regent St., where Vogts worked.

"He would go on one or two a year, to California and back," Disch said. "He definitely lived the life. It's what he was about."

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