This weekend is a great cycling event- Salt to Saint. A 400+ mile ride from Salt Lake city to St. George Utah. This year we are proud to have a Team Booyah! out there supporting the cause for the Braydon Nielsen family!
Every time I ride I know there is a certain amount of danger. You never really think that it could happen to you or someone you know.
Granted I did not really know Braydon, but I have had a good friend get hit, twice, fortunately he recovered. It was such a melancholy day today. I am sad, fearful, hopeful, angry, guilty, full of regret and grateful.
I am sad because another human being lost his life. I am sad because his family will never again feel his embrace or hear him say “I love you”. I am sad for the guilt and pain the person who hit must feel.
I am fearful for my life and those who choose to venture out on the road to pursue a sport we love.
I feel guilt for every time I have been distracted while driving, by cell phones, eating, kids, being tired. I am hyper aware of being distracted as a cyclist, but I know I slip up and I can’t let that happen.
I am hopeful that this tragedy makes people more aware of cyclists and more willing to share the road.
I am angry at the driver, how could he not see him how is it possible that he did not see him? I don’t buy the “it was hard to see”. How could this happen?
I am filled with regret that I never had the opportunity to really get to know this incredible person.
I am grateful for the community we live in and the outpouring of support for this fallen rider. I am grateful for my fellow cyclist.
I don’t think anything could have been done to prevent this. He could have been covered in blinky lights and that driver would have still hit him. Then again I don’t know all of the details. My heart aches for his family and all those who knew him well.
That’s how I feel. BOOYAH!