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.