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Old 07-03-2011, 05:49 PM   #20911
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Zodiac - that's very tough, sad news - take care of your mom and yourself. I'll keep you in my prayers.
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:11 PM   #20912
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Got that call no one wants yesterday. Mom & Dad were up doing their annual bike club ride 4th of July wknd in Vermont.

Their 2nd day; Dad was riding ahead of his club on a descent 10 deg. No one was with him- but when they came upon him he was lying on the side of the road unconscious bleeding profusely from the head, he was wearing his helmet. He had done this ride 20 times.

I'm up in Vt now w my siblings working out the details- just thought I'd vent. Still not clear how it happened. 65 yrs old planning his retirement and a 3 week trip to Alaska...

Accidental deaths are freaky.


I just know he'd be so pissed off and embarrassed to die this way, he was a seasoned/veteran cyclist. I can picture him saying "Oh Shit" as he went down, lost control. From all evidence it looks as though he was descending a place called "Terrible Mountain" (route 100 VT.) which is a steep 5 mile climb, followed by a 3 mile descent. Around mile 2 of the descent he lost control, either by hitting a frost heave (the road is actually in poor condition with large gaps and cracks/splits) at approximately 45mph. The fall was so violent he had severe head/face injury and literally must have bounced 3 times a distance of 40 to 50'. When we went back today there was still large blood stains even though it was pouring rain (it was dry yesterday).


I'm sorry for you and your family.

Not to dredge into your business, but, are you sure that was on VT 100? From your description, that sounds like Smuggler's Notch on VT 108, just north of VT 100. I nearly ass-packed a Camry coming down that descent in excess of 50mph. All I could think was "I'd never travel this fast on a motorcycle with such minimal protection". That's a very dangerous descent.
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:16 PM   #20913
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Very sad indeed Zodiac. He passed while doing that which he loved and that's always a good way to leave this mortal plane. May he ride in peace!
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:39 PM   #20914
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:49 PM   #20915
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Shit. Really sorry to hear of your loss, Chris.

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Not to dredge into your business, but, are you sure that was on VT 100? From your description, that sounds like Smuggler's Notch on VT 108, just north of VT 100.
I wondered the same thing and was a bit freaked as we were in that area yesterday -- we parked on 108 and hiked the Long Trail to the top of Mansfield. I saw lots of cyclists and made a mental note to bring my road bike next time. Would have been too much to think that one might have been Zodiac's dad.

But Google Maps shows a 'Terrible Mountain' on 100, far south of Stowe.
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:00 PM   #20916
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Our condolences Zodiak, we lost a good friend the same way. Rode off the front alone on a steep descent but he disappeared over a guardrail...
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:06 PM   #20917
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I wondered the same thing and was a bit freaked as we were in that area yesterday -- we parked on 108 and hiked the Long Trail to the top of Mansfield. I saw lots of cyclists and made a mental note to bring my road bike next time. Would have been too much to think that one might have been Zodiac's dad.

But Google Maps shows a 'Terrible Mountain' on 100, far south of Stowe.
Yeah, but I didn't see where VT 100 went over/near it. Given the circumstances, not a big deal.
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:17 PM   #20918
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I'm sorry for you and your family.

Not to dredge into your business, but, are you sure that was on VT 100? From your description, that sounds like Smuggler's Notch on VT 108, just north of VT 100. I nearly ass-packed a Camry coming down that descent in excess of 50mph. All I could think was "I'd never travel this fast on a motorcycle with such minimal protection". That's a very dangerous descent.
No it was route 100 in Weston.

Thanks and thanks all - I still can't believe all this...

He and I a few yrs ago on a winter ride

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Old 07-03-2011, 08:06 PM   #20919
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:12 PM   #20920
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:53 PM   #20921
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Sorry for your lost Z. Hang in there and if there I can do, let me know.

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Old 07-04-2011, 12:42 AM   #20922
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:33 AM   #20923
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Sorry for your lost Z. Hang in there and if there I can do, let me know.

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Thanks Joc, and thanks all- for the well wishes, really appreciated.
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Old 07-04-2011, 06:09 AM   #20924
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Thanks Joc, and thanks all- for the well wishes, really appreciated.
Fuck man, I am very, very sorry. Wish I could do something for you brother.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:17 AM   #20925
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