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Northern California cyclist Dr. Dan Plummer struck by tree on New Year's day

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Northern California cyclist Dr. Dan Plummer struck by tree on New Year's day

Old 01-02-06, 06:01 PM
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Dr. Dan Plummer was struck and killed by a falling tree while riding in Los Altos Hills on New Year's day. Dan is a member of Bay area cyling team Team Spine.

The team is planning a memorial ride within the next couple of weeks. If you knew Dan please contact me for more information.

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Old 01-02-06, 06:55 PM
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Sad news. I hope it is some comfort to his family and friends that he was doing something he loved.
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He'll be in my prayers.
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I didn't know Dan, but saw him probably a few minutes before he died. I posted another thread about that in the racing subforum at http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=163631 Very sad.

Do you have any information about the other person who was riding with him (PM if you don't want to discuss it on here).
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this is tragic - we ride this route all the time.

Our prayers go out to his family.
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There's a small article in the Mercury News.

That's scary. Los Altos Hills is where I ride when the weather is bad. I was driving home that day from a Solvang research trip with my wife, in some pretty horrible weather. I mentioned while driving in the bad weather how dangerous the eucalyptus trees were during storms. Little did I know that someone had been hit by one.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
I mentioned while driving in the bad weather how dangerous the eucalyptus trees were during storms. Little did I know that someone had been hit by one.
While driving to work this morning, I passed two separate road crews cleaning two separate LARGE fallen eucalyptus trees from the roadway, and both were laying across one of my favorite local loops.

I hate eucalyptus trees - they are dangerous on many levels.
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Originally Posted by bikefanatic
Dr. Dan Plummer was struck and killed by a falling tree while riding in Los Altos Hills on New Year's day. Dan is a member of Bay area cyling team Team Spine.
This is horrible! He was a hell of a guy. He'll be missed.

DJP was my "cycling mentor", or whatever. I was wondering why I hadn't heard back from him.

I just don't know what to say.

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He'll be in my prayers.
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The rider with Dan was fellow Spine teammate Eric Saltzman, who was uninjured. Dan was 2005 (Elite-tandem) District Time Trial Champion.

The Team Spine website has the memorial ride information:

http://www.teamspine.com/
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Dan is a hell of a guy and will be missed by us all.

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