When I was at Auburn, I natually got to know some of the folks who worked at the local shops. Chris Hinds was one. Chris was kind of short, maybe a little pudgy even but a great guy. As my college years ticked by ever so slowly, I began to realize what a great rider he was. From his bio here: Chris started racing BMX in 1971 and road bikes the following year in Auburn, AL. He raced intermediate in the ABLA (which became the USCF), and competed nearly every year in district state championships. In 1975, Chris went to the Junior World Tryouts in Atlanta, then rode in the 1988 Olympic trials in Houston (Points Race event), and competed in the 1990 National Championships. He was a mechanic at the 1992 & '96 Olympic trials for Paul Swift, who was an alternate in both Olympic games, and worked with Brian McDonough who road the Points Race for the USA at the 1996 Olympics. Chris still competes in Cat. 2 road races, and races mountain bikes. As a mountain biker competing last year at Mount Snow, Chris came in 6th place in the National Championships. I'm make an occasional trip through Auburn up until I moved west in the mid-90's. Chris was still at his shop - always happy to see me. Like I said, he was a good guy. I just returned from a two-week trip back to the south with my daughter. Flew into Birmingham and then drove to South Caroline. That was followed by a few days in Nashville and Atlanta & then we returned to Birmingham for a few days. During our time in AL, my daughter and I drove over to Montgomery for lunch with friends and then, we drove to Auburn. She had never been to Auburn and wanted to see where I went to school. I asked her to google Chris with the intentions of surprising him. She came up with a phone number and a google map location so I thought we were good to go. When we got to Auburn, I discovered that the shop wasn't where Google indicated. While my daughter was in a small shop, I walked across the street to another bike shop and asked the guy at the counter if he knew Chris. He looked at me in kind of a funny way and said that Chris had moved up north years ago - NY he thought - but had died of cancer about 10 years ago. I soon discovered that he had moved to Providence RI - a local shop still has this on the net. Link As my daughter kindly pointed out, "Maybe you should do a better job of keeping up with friends." Smart ass - I get her point but you never expect to lose friends who are roughly the same age as you... if not younger.