I just don’t know how to feel.

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!

-Rob

 

August Climbing Challenge

Time Trials | St. George Utah

THEY’RE BACK!!!

Time Trial Workouts return on September 3rd at 7pm.  Plan to be there by 6:45p to be given a starting position!  If you haven’t had a chance to join us for this workout……….YOU HAVE TO!  It is more than awesome!
This workout is you against the clock.  No drafting allowed (unless we mix it up).  Three different distance options from 6 miles to 14 miles.  There is something for all level of riders.  The biggest bonus……..THERE IS HARDLY ANY WIND IN THE FALL!  (Unless, of course, Mother Nature just heard me and is going to unleash her wrath once again……I say, “Bring it on!”)

Let me know if you have questions.  Please distribute the flyer to all your biking buddies.  Our biggest group last year was 23 riders…….I KNOW we can get more out there!

Watchman 100

The Watchman 100 Century Ride starts in Zion National Park – Springdale Ut.   You will travel through Sand Hollow State Park and view the majestic scenery of Zion National Park along the course. There will be few century rides you experience in life that amass this sort of beauty…and pain.

• Event is capped at 1500 riders so register early
• Fully stocked rest stops, a great lunch, and more!
• Enjoy perfect fall riding temperatures in scenic St. George Utah area.
• A distance to challenge every rider with 50, 75, 100 mile options
• You will receive a unique Watchman 100 event visor with your registration.

Visit Spingeeks to register, or for more info about the event.

Tri States Gran Fondo

If you’re looking for a great fall century, all you need to do is drive down the road to Mesquite for the Tri States Gran Fondo – the only century where you can ride in three states in one day! Starting in Nevada, you’ll ride the Arizona side of Utah Hill, do a loop through Gunluck and Veyo and return through Ivins and back and over Utah Hill to finish with the 27-mile descent to Mesquite. Petit Fondo also offered which goes from Mesquite to the top of Utah Hill and back. Details at: http://www.PlanetUltra.com/ and http://www.GranFondoTripleCrown.com/

 

Tour of Southern Utah

There are still a couple spots left on the Planet Ultra Tour of Southern Utah. This is an amazing week-long cycling adventure, starting in St. George. It’s basically the same route as the HOODOO 500 race (except the Tour goes through Zion to Carmel Junction), but riding the entire route in full daylight, in 7 days instead of 48 hours. 60-100 miles per day with a TON of climbing!

https://www.facebook.com/events/507658235955588/

Single Track Trail

Mountain Biking | St. George Utah

The trails for mountain biking in St. George are innumerable. Not typically known as a mountain biking mecca, (A name often rewarded to areas like Moab) St. George is starting to get recognized as one of the best places to ride in all of Utah, or even the country.

We are looking to expand our “mountain biking” section of Life Behind Bars. If you are willing to assist in locating climbs/routes and lead mountain bike group rides, please contact us and let us know you are willing!

 

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