Biker Down

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This one is just fucking sad. Robic was 100% hardman. Dude was solid. I am very sad to read this.

Jure Robic, five-time winner of the Race Across America, was killed on Friday following a collision with a car near his home in Jesenice, Slovenia.

Initial police reports state Robic, while descending a narrow mountain road in Plavski Rovt, collided head on in a curve with a car driven by a local 55-year-old man.

The 45-year-old Robic, on a training ride in preparation for Australia’s Crocodile Trophy mountain bike race, died at the scene. The accident is under investigation.

Jure Robic was born in Jesenice, Slovenia in 1965 and began his cycling career with the Lip Bled cycling club. Between 1988 and 1994 he was a part of the Slovenian national road cycling team, after which he took up ultra-marathon cycling.

Robic is perhaps best known for his five victories in the Race Across America, including the 2010 edition.

Damn. Damn. Damn. Art tipped this in the comment section. A second must-read link is here:

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7 Replies to “Biker Down”

  1. Unbelievably sad. If you have a chance, watch the documentary about RAAM called BICYCLE DREAMS by Stephen Auerbach, for a moving look at both the race and Jure’s insane endurance. Maybe dedicate a hard ride to Jure this weekend. Hard man indeed.

  2. With all due respect for the sentiments expressed in comment 01, I think it would require ten hard rides in a row, without sleep, to adequately pay homage to the man. What did Warren Zevon say, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead?”

  3. Hey, I thought I was a badass when I rode a half century. I ain’t fit to fill his water bottles. I quite suspect that none of us are.

  4. Something like 396 miles in the first 24 hours without the full support of the Slovenian Military….bad ass!

  5. Too bad his badassness didn’t do anything to keep him from being smashed to bits by a car. Shame, really. I’m going to do a half metric century in his honor.

  6. By using the word ‘century’ in the description of any and every ride,
    it makes it sound more epic.
    ‘half metric century’ come on…
    How about calling it what it is? A THIRTY MILE RIDE.
    Jure Robic – Rest in peace, I hope one sixth of a metric century worth of road is made wider in your honor.