Yesterday was a hard day…the hardest in a very long time. The loss of a fellow cyclist is not easy to take and my mood is altered as a result.
My ramblings here on my site are meant to entertain, to amuse, to shed a little light on my life for you. I typically take a light-hearted approach. I like to laugh and I like to think that I make each of you smile or laugh on occasion. But today is a difficult day and rightfully so. This platform changes tone for me because I feel differently at this moment. I can’t entertain, I’m not amused and the light is a bit dimmer than usual.
The professional community always rides with the awareness that the danger of our profession is real, very real, but we push those thoughts away and pedal on. We have too, or we couldn’t do our job, a job that brings us (maybe too often) to the edge of danger. A day like yesterday brings the stark reality of those dangers right back into focus. A painful focus.
My heart goes out to Wouter and his family and friends, to his girlfriend and to my teammate Tyler. I’m deeply saddened for you all. This is the monumental loss of a good man, a tragedy that will be hard to live with for many inside and outside of cycling.
Rest in peace, Wouter. You will be missed.