This one just in:
On June 16th my friend, co-worker, and teammate Ben Pritchard died of heart failure while doing a lap at the Hardcore 24 Mountain bike race in Naples, NY. He will be missed incredibly. Check out parkavebike.com for a great photo of Ben 5 min. before he died, riding into the woods. One can tell from the photos that he died doing what he loved more than anything else in the world…riding his bike.
As always, my heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.
I posted the info from ParkAveBike below as the photo just hit me in the guts. God speed, Ben. Even though I never had the chance to meet you, it sure looks like you went out on top.
We all could be so lucky.
Ben Pritchard 1982-2007
This picture was taken minutes before Ben Collapsed and died of heart failure while riding a lap at The Hardcore 24, June 16th, 2007. His last words to his teammates were “See you in under one hour”. Park Ave Bike will be closed Monday, June 18th, while we deal with this tragedy.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 20th at:
Anthony Funeral Chapel
2305 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY 14618