Wouter Weylandt 1984-2011
Hard to really put into words what I am feeling and thinking. As cyclist we never stop to think that each time we strap on a helmet it may be our last. In 1998 I had my own near death experience on a bike. A few seconds or a few centimeters difference and I would not be here writing this.
Ever since that incident I have not been able to watch crash videos, even the funny ones where no one really gets hurt. I understand all to well how lucky they are, the flip side of what could have happened and I do not find amusement or enjoyment in it at all. I just moved and have been cursing the internet connection in my new place. I tried to log on this morning to watch the live feed and my connection was just not stable so I cursed and went on with my day. I am so glad I did not see any of the footage. I only hope Wouter’s friends and family were so lucky.
Godspeed Wouter. All of us at Big Ring are thinking of you, your family, your friends.