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“I would trade all of my tomorrows for one single yesterday.” – Kris Kristofferson
I regret to inform my readers of a tragic loss. Today ultracycling has lost one of its own in a cycling accident. Jure Robic could very well be considered one of the greatest cyclists to ever straddle a bike. He’s won what can be considered not only the toughest cycling race in the world, but arguably the toughest event, period, the famed Race Across America. He won it a record five times. I don’t know much about the details, as the accident happened in Robic’s homeland of Slovenia. He’s survived by a wife and at least one child. In a sport that’s generally riddled with doping allegations, Robic was a clean player. He was loved and envied by all. The very last time I saw Jure was as he rode through Borrego Springs, California back in 2008. He didn’t look like a man in the first hundred miles of a 3,000-mile non-stop race. He was riding with the intensity and voracity of a time trialist. That image will live with me forever. Jure, you will live with me forever.