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Old 04-03-17, 03:05 PM
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For folks not on Facebook, Jim passed away Thursday evening, he spent most of the last year fighting brain cancer. He had been away from the forum and racing for several years, but we kept in touch often and I visited him in late January. Good friend, who will be missed.

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Old 04-03-17, 07:31 PM
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Such sad news. Condolences!
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Damn. RIP, AzTR.
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Sadness. I got to ride with him one time late 2015. That was a great ride.
Prayers out to his family
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RIP, [MENTION=177758]AzTallRider[/MENTION], thanks for the sound advice you gave me once. You will be missed around these parts.
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I never know what to say at these times. I didn't really know AzTallRider, yet it seems I knew him in a good way, simply by the interaction here. It just makes me sad.
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I knew Jim. He was very supportive and instrumental in my early days of racing. I'll never forget meeting him for the first time. He was a quiet, thoughtful man, and he wasn't one to waste words. Such a sense of humor, too. And, he was a terror on the bike!

Memorable was my first road race race, ever - which I didn't get to actually race. Ex remembers that day well. It was Jim, Ex and I, who piled into Ex's van and drove over to Santa Maria for the Poor College Student Road Race. A February race. The race where I locked Ex out of his van and he couldn't get his water bottles. That one! Jim crashed in that race, and he tried hard to poo-poo the extent of his injuries, and in fact the three of us did a ride later that afternoon after we got back to Ex's home. Jim with, what, five broken ribs? And he never, ever complained.

He gave me a piece of advice once that I put onto a sticker, which is affixed to all of my bikes to this day - "Look long". It was simple piece of advice, but it has come to mean much to me, and my, how it has applied to my racing career.

May wind always be at your back, Jim....
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I do not know the exact date but serval years ago, there were three of us who raced and posted regularly in the 50+ forum. AZT, [MENTION=105088]Allegheny Jet[/MENTION] and me. We developed a long term relationship.

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to personally meet AZT. However, his support, sharing of information and detailed discussion of all things racing and biking over the years were stellar and meaningful to me.

I heard about AZT's fate on Facebook and like many posts on Facebook exactly what happened was initially oblique probably because I did not think his loss was a possibility. As the moments went by, I realized what had really occurred and I was hit by a wave of sorrow for the loss of a great man who had such a tremendous zest for life.

Whether he as racing sailboats or bikes or working, one knew that no matter what the outcome, he gave 100% of himself to the endeavor and never gave up.

RIP AZT. You will be missed.
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I have not posted in this forum for the past year or so and did not know of Jim's illness. I got the news of Jim's passing via a message from Hermes this morning. Jim started training and racing in his mid-50's a few years after I did the same and his questions, comments and experiences were a reflection of mine. As Hermes wrote we had a small group of people with similar goals and all of us found information and friendship on this site. I still remember the image of Jim's first road bike that was built for a person 6'6"-6'8". He was the tall rider!!!

Jim was someone who looked at the positives in life and never let bad fortune get him down whether due to crashing and being injured or career changes he always gave it his all. He also supported anybody visiting this site with compassion and understanding and shared his experiences willingly.

I never met Jim is person but almost did when the National Senior Games were in Cleveland a few years ago. The plan was for he and others to stay at my home during the event however due to crash injuries or a change of jobs he didn't race the events that year.

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Some of my memories of Jim...









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Originally Posted by sarals
Some of my memories of Jim...









Thanks for the images Sara. It's not hard to pick out Jim. On tonight's ride my thoughts kept going back to AzTallRider.
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I'm more than a little affected by the memories. Thought about him a lot today. Can't scrape up more to say right now.
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[MENTION=193455]all[/MENTION]eghany Jet, you're welcome. He was easy to find, wasn't he? It wasn't his stature, it was his smile.
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A week later, I've had some time to process this. I don't know why, but somehow I thought that Jim would beat it. I regret not seeing him when we went to VOS in February. Will always remember the few times that I had to race with him and hang with him, including a great steak dinner at his house. A wonderful human being is gone. RIP.
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