A bicyclist shot in the back early Thursday was in serious condition at Holy Cross Hospital.

Jaime Sanchez, 30, address unavailable, was riding in Riverside Park, near Sixth N. 16th West, when he was accosted by two armed bandits who demanded money, said Salt Lake Police Lt. Tom Brown.After a brief struggle, one of the bandits shot Sanchez, who suffered a gunshot wound through the left shoulder blade, the bullet lodging in the lung area, Brown said.

The bandits then fled with Sanchez's bicycle, Brown said.

Both bandits wore ski masks and were described as Hispanic, about 18 years old.