Monday, June 29, 2009

A Eulogy

I can't put into words how I really felt about you, but I have to try.

When the accident happened, time seemed to slow. I saw my life (or at least my collarbone) flash before my eyes, yet I escaped unscathed. You, dear friend, didn't fare as well. Nay, instead during yesterday's State Championships 300 pounds (or more) of flying man-flesh--sinew, bone and fluids--came crashing down on your meager 7 kilos.

It's hard to believe, but you are now dead to the world. It's a hard word to say or process, so I'll repeat it again. Dead. Dead. Dead.

You started your life in Wisconsin, born just down the road from the mothership in Waterloo, barely in time for the 2004 Tour de France. But it was in Europe, where you were covered in mud and cow droppings where you really came into your own. Eventually you were adopted by me, but really it was your time with Jurgen Van den Broeck that defined your early life.

To me, you were always special. I think back fondly now on our time together. The 204 miles on a hot day in July two years ago. The field sprint wins. The suffering, me covered in sweat, you in energy drink, dust and tar. And of course, who could forget the time we were caught in that snowstorm. I laugh now, but today it also makes me want to cry.

Yet alas, Sunday completed your circle of life. No more Madone frame. It is now broken beyond repair. No more Aeolus carbon wheels. Today they're broken in half. No more SRAM Red shifter. No more rear derailleur. No more. No more.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Except in your case it's carbon to carbon. You're an element, and can't be broken down any more than you already are. So sad, but also comforting in its own way.

RIP good bicycle. RIP good friend.

From Team Two Wheel


  1. I feel your pain. I crashed yesterday too, at 57th & Hatch. Combination of a shoulder rut and front blow out. The only loss was a pair of Assos bibs and some skin.

  2. Bummer! Dollar per gram of carnage, you probably came out worse than I did. But total financial outlay, I think my incident creams yours. Happy healing though.

  3. I wondered what happened. We heard there was a crash (4 of us with a small gap) and we slowed down until everyone was back up. I asked Jeremey where you and the H/B guy were and he said "broken bikes...they are not coming back". Bummer...brutal day out there...

  4. Thanks, Ted. And mine wasn't the only bike that was destroyed. The guy with the Look 595 had his seatstay punctured by something. Maybe my pedal? No fun. Good job this weekend.

  5. Sorry for your loss. That's a bad day in the saddle, but from the looks of it, you came out unscathed. Thank you VERY much for supporting our race, both in the blog and by showing up.

  6. The silver lining is that now you can get a new bike and won't feel like you are being unfaithful to your "old friend". Glad you are OK. Cheers, JoeBall