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Old 05-02-05, 10:42 AM
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Heart patient dies after 2,400-mile ride

Heart patient dies after 2,400-mile ride
Man took up bicycling after bypass surgery 18 years ago
Monday, May 2, 2005 Posted: 11:53 AM EDT (1553 GMT)






ANDERSON, Indiana (AP) -- A man who took up bicycling after bypass surgery gave him a second chance at life died of a heart attack the day after completing a 2,400-mile, cross-country trip.

Broc Bebout, a 57-year-old retired engineer, died Thursday on the van drive back to his home in Anderson, about 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis, one day after completing the bicycle ride from Carlsbad, California, to Brunswick, Georgia.

His wife, Patricia Brinkman, said bicycling became Bebout's ticket to nearly 20 years of good health after quadruple-bypass surgery at age 39. He also learned to eat right and take care of himself, she said.

Bebout and another man closed their eyes for naps during the drive home after discussing heart rate monitors and other equipment, said Janech Davenport, director of Wandering Wheels, the cycling group that organized the trip.

The van driver later looked in the rearview mirror, and saw Bebout's eyes were open.

"He was struggling, not breathing," Davenport said. "His spirit was gone. Whatever made Broc was gone."

In an e-mail to his wife Wednesday before a celebratory steak dinner, Bebout described what the trip had meant to him: "An incredible experience with incredible people."

"It was a trip of a lifetime," Brinkman said. "We all have a list of things we like to say we did. That was right up there at the top."

Pat Miller, a retired Anderson University health professor who also was among about 30 people on the cross-country ride, said Bebout was taking medication for his heart and for arthritis and had been coughing for a couple of weeks.

"He had days he was very good and seemed strong, and he had days he felt like a lot of us did, slower, took longer to get in," Miller said.
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Cyclist Dies After Completing X-Country Trek

https://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/condi....ap/index.html


In an e-mail to his wife Wednesday before a celebratory steak dinner, Bebout described what the trip had meant to him: "An incredible experience with incredible people."
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59 Year Old Dies after TransAm Tour

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hmm, i hate to hear that. At least he went out after doing something that he enjoyed.
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Just read this story on CNN........RIP Broc........I did not know him but it is an inspirational story with an unfortunate ending.

https://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/condi....ap/index.html
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WOW, How sad but at the same time how amazing, he just finished a huge ride.
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Some people don't know when to quit.


"Pat Miller, a retired Anderson University health professor who also was among about 30 people on the cross-country ride, said Bebout was taking medication for his heart and for arthritis and had been coughing for a couple of weeks"
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if I had to go, that's the way I'd rather go
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Originally Posted by mooncricket
if I had to go, that's the way I'd rather go
Napping in the back of a van?
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Yeah, though it's commendable that he completed that long ride, it was foolish of him to do so. If your heart is damaged, and you needed a quad bypass to fix it, then it would be smart to take it easy. A few centuries would have been fine, but 24 of them in a row is too much.

I wonder if he asked his doctor about this ride?
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Napping in the back of a van?
Hey, at least he wasn't driving.
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Oh man. Bypass survivor did 2400 mile and died the day after

https://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...ist-dies_x.htm

Apparently this guy took up cycling after surviving bypass surgery 20 years ago. He just finished a 2400 mile trip from Carlsbad, CA, to Georgia and died of a heart attack the next day on the way home.

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CNN cycling article

https://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/condi....ap/index.html
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A bittersweet story

https://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/condi....ap/index.html
"Heart patient dies after 2400 mile bike ride"

This guy took up cycling after double bypass surgery, started eating right, and lived healthily for 18 years. He died the day after completing a cross country bike trip
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Wow, totally crazy and sadly unfortunate. I try to keep in mind that had he not gotten on a bicycle 20 years ago, he may not have made it very far past the bypass. God bless....
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He probably lived longer and better than he would have if he hadn't taken up cycling. I get sick of people citing cases such as this as an indictment of exercise.
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It's an old adage, Dog bites man - not news. Man bites dog, news.

Unfortunately, there are many heart patients that would seem to be as healthy as one could be, but they still have heart attacks.

It looks like he had 20 good years after quadruple-bypass surgery at age 39. He died after doing something he loved. We can't all make it to 74 or beyond. We are, after all, mortal.
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What the?

How does my post to the General Bicycle Sub Forum wind up in the Touring forum?

And with a title change?

I'd think the mods were on crack but this isn't Slashdot..................
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It seems like a good way to go, and it should be noted that he died while resting, not during maximum exertion, so the bike riding was probably not a factor in the timing of his death, and indeed probably extended his life. I do not recall the stats, but most guys who undergo bypasses at young ages seem to live shortened lives. My wife is an M.D., so I will run this past her this evening to get her input.
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perhaps it was the celebratory steak dinner plus alcohol...
he lived for 18 years without a problem.. and rode for 23 days with no problems right?

it is a sad story indeed. it couldnt have been a lying politician or evil lawyer (no offense to those just and truthful ones out there)

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Heart patient dies after 2,400-mile ride

Article on CNN from today.

https://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/condi....ap/index.html
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damn

at least he completed it
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I'm originally from Anderson and my mom used to work with this guy. She was shocked because obviously he seemed to be in great shape. It just goes to show that you never know when you're going to go and it could happen to any of us no matter how healthy we look or feel.

We all need to live our dreams because, as proven here, life is short. Do you have a certain goal (cycling or not) to accomplish that you've been putting off? Do it before it's too late.

Here's a link to the Herald Bulletin's article:

https://www.theheraldbulletin.com/story.asp?id=12496
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This is the thread where all the posts about this unfortunate incident will be moved.
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