Wednesday 11 May 2011


There's nothing significant I can add to the wealth of comment on the tragic death of Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt in this years Giro d'Italia. Many have expressed heartfelt and eloquent thoughts across the whole spectrum of the cycling community, online and off. Like many of us who ride, for leisure or for competition, I felt a sense of connection to a man I had never met and only knew of through through computer and TV screens. He was a fellow rider and his death marks all of us who ride also, as we understand only too well the fragility of our own existence and how it depends on keeping safe whilst riding. My thoughts this week were for him, his family and for all those other riders who have lost their lives whether it be during racing, commuting or riding for fun.

Better then to read this beautifully written piece by pro cycling team manager, Jonathan Vaughters - To live and be alive.

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