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6 responses to “Death on the Tour Divide: Investigation in order?”

  1. Abe Aboraya

    Paul,
    Sorry for this, but I can’t seem to find a more legitimate way to contact you. My name’s Abe Aboraya, I’m a freelance writer. I’m working on a story for the Real Estate section of the Seattle Times about bicycle friendly communities in and around Seattle to live in. I’d really love to talk to you about that. If you’re interested, shoot me an e-mail (AbeAboraya@gmail.com) and we’ll set up a time to talk when you’re free.
    Also, since this is a public reply, anyone in the comments section interested in being interviewed for the same article, feel free to drop me a line. We’re looking for avid bikers in the Seattle area who framed a home purchase, apartment choice, living arrangement, etc., on proximity to bike trails, downtown — pretty much anything.
    Anyhow, no real way to prove legitimacy on here, but here’s a link to the only Times story I’ve had published so far (just moved to Seattle about a month ago).

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2012126334_realneighborhood20.html

    Abe

  2. bikimbo

    Paul, before you start trying to make things bigger than they may be, I’d kindly advise you to ride continuously for a few days on minimal sleep, get up early, and descend the steep, winding road Dave Blumenthal was negotiating when this unfortunate accident happened. The wind in your ears while traveling at 30 mph (sleepiness, fatigue, and thoughts of a hot meal not too many more miles down the road aside) are enough to drown out the sound of any truck coming uphill around a blind turn. Tragic accidents happen, and from everything the park rangers and state patrol have shared based on tire tracks in the dirt, this really sounds like it was an accident. Please, this is tough enough for everyone involved already. Don’t go asking for further investigation since you’re clearly rather distant from all of this.

  3. binny bin

    a very sad story, indeed. one that i may not have heard about if i didn’t see it on bike intelligencer. i read a little bit about the rider and he seems to be very passionate, educated, warm and just an overall great guy. my condolences goes out to his friends and family. given how hard these riders push themselves with lack of sleep, cold weather and exhaustion, i think that even the most experienced riders are bound to make mistakes. i’m just not sure if there could be anything put in place to prevent this accident from happening.

  4. Claude Wyle

    As to making this bigger than it needs to be, how can you make it bigger than death? As to the term “just an accident”, accidents usually involve the carelessness of at least one party and often many factors which combine to contribute to causing the incident. If a racer has to draw on every fibre of his or her being to participate in this challenging ride/race, why have the organizers of the ride allowed motor vehicles on the course when the bicyclists are supposed to be there? Were the riders so strung out over such a long distance that traffic control was impossible?

  5. Bill Patterson

    Claude, it’s my understanding that due to the scale of this “course”, the organizers cannot and should not attempt to hold hostage that much back country roads etc for the small number of riders involved…as well, this aspect of the race is part of the challenge, not an overlooked risk. Such “accidents” happen all the time, and while one can always say that someone was asleep at the wheel (or on the handlebars…), it may be counterproductive to cast blame in such situations. I don’t ride my bike expecting the whole world to stop and make room for me, despite the law of the road that was written to enhance my safety…the world’s a dangerous place…you and I approach it LOOKING for risk at times…so, enough…you get my point. If real negligence or bad intent was at work here…it’s hard to know or move forward from such realities…I’m glad I’m not the driver of that truck who will spend the rest of his or her life with this memory. ride safe, Bill

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