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Old 08-17-09, 06:07 PM   #1
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Kevin Underhill died in his first race last week

I skimmed quickly and didn't see another thread about it, so if I missed it I apologize.

The weekly crit series that myself, Waterrockets, EDR, Cbip, and others do regularly is one of the safest races you can do I suppose.

Kevin Underhill was excited about racing for his first time. He had come out weeks prior to recon the course. He wanted to go into it as prepared as possible.

I wasn't there, but by reports around 3 laps in wheels met in a high speed turn, and Kevin face planted into the tarmac at 30mph. I'm told the results were horrific. I've talked to many who were there - and some very experienced racers were shaken up pretty bad. He was rushed to a local hospital where they did emergency surgery and then put him in ICU but he didn't make it. Saturday from what I understand they had him on life support because he was an organ donor. He died Sunday. Lance Armstrong even offered his condolences in his twitter feed.

Anyway, the point of this thread is to simply acknowledge some one died racing. Died racing on tarmac I've shredded cassettes and wheels on. Tarmac Waterrockets and RacerX have won races on. On a place that me and my friends are very familiar with. We've poured a lot of energy into that bit of dirt for sure. The point is to acknowledge that someone like us passed discovering he was like us, that he was one of us. Shoot, he was better. He died racing. He died on a bike. In 3 laps he was more of a racer than I'll ever be.
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Old 08-17-09, 06:11 PM   #2
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Very sad but I don't think that last sentence was necessary...
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My condolences to the family.

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Old 08-17-09, 06:21 PM   #4
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Very sad but I don't think that last sentence was necessary...
+1 Sadly people die all the time, but that doesn't change who they were. Remember people for the way they lived, not the way they died.
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+1 Sadly people die all the time, but that doesn't change who they were. Remember people for the way they lived, not the way they died.
More to the point I don't want to have to die on my bike to be considered a "real racer"
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I dunno - maybe it was over dramatic, but I want to give respect to Kevin. It took courage, more than for you or me, for him to race that night. And he died. Sorry, I'm just kind of blown away by that.
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Old 08-17-09, 06:31 PM   #7
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Out of respect I don't want to start an argument, so I will say that yes it was a bit overdramatic but I understand the sentiment and leave it at that.

Did you know him personally?
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My condolences to his family and all that loved him.
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Absolutely tragic! Many lives changed in an instant. My prayers to those who are left behind and still feel the pain.
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condolences to Kevin's family, loved ones, and to the racing community. That's tough. I've been at a race where someone died (not crash related but rather a heart attack), and used to do a group ride where someone was killed in an accident with a vehicle. Both shook me up.

Our local racing association did some charitable things for the surviving children/family in both instances, possibly yours could as well.
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Old 08-17-09, 06:40 PM   #11
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Ride on, Kevin. And peace to your family and friends.
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Yikes! Those are always bad news. RIP to Kevin and condolences to his family.
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Wow, that's scary. RIP and my condolences to those who knew him.
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Godspeed Kevin. It's a scary reminder that tomorrow is a gift, not a promise.
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I never met Kevin Underhill but I grieve for him.

Vaya con Dios

God's Peace and prayers to and for his family.
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I rode a few times with him this summer on a Tu night ride with Lake Travis. Very low profile guy on more of a commuter bike with panniers and some aqua fina water bottles and old school clothes. What Bike Forum might call a Fred, but he would not care. He just loved to ride and go hard. He was a strong rider and as heavy as his bike was with commuter tires he could nearly hang with the ride leaders that raced.

We both would get dropped around the same area so we got to visit a bit. Humble guy and often would just ride on to go to his girlfrinend's house vs turn around with us.

Like everyone else I was shocked at the news of the wreck, and then assumed he would be ok till we got word Saturday. On my Sunday group ride I did, I was pretty paranoid in the pace line and pack as things accelerated.

It definitely put my plans on hold to try a crit this year. Maybe a road race.

Tomorrow the LTC club will do a ride to honor him.

My thoughts and prayers to his family.
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This is really awful. My condolences to the family. I just don't know what else to say.
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That's tragic... completely heart-rending.
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It's an ugly site seeing someone crash very badly. A teammate of mine was in a very bad wreck recently and was air lifted from the race, he came close to not making it, it was a frightening site but he was luckier then Kevin.

R.I.P Kevin and my thoughts and prayers to his family.
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A gentleman that I know who works in our building died falling down some stairs. Life is so fragile and we sometimes take it for granted not realizing what/who we leave behind.

Truly sad for those who love and miss him.
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My condolences to his family.

It's a sobering reminder that there are real dangers in what we do.
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It definitely put my plans on hold to try a crit this year. Maybe a road race.
I would not assume, based on this incident, that you are less likely to suffer a serious injury in a road race than a criterium. If anything, the opposite is likely true. This is a dangerous sport. Horrible tragedies like this don't happen very often, but of course they do happen. It's senseless and sad. Stay safe out there.
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It's an ugly site seeing someone crash very badly. A teammate of mine was in a very bad wreck recently and was air lifted from the race, he came close to not making it, it was a frightening site but he was luckier then Kevin.

R.I.P Kevin and my thoughts and prayers to his family.
Thanks for doing the armstrong challenge. Efforts like that somewhat offset this recent spate of bad news.
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Statesman obit As Sub said, life can be more fragile than we realize...prayers...
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