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Steve Tilford, Rest in Peace

05 Apr 2017 14:59

I just saw this. Don't know where to start but cycling in the USA has lost an icon.

http://stevetilford.com/2017/04/05/bad-news/

https://twitter.com/SteveTilford
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Steve Tilford

05 Apr 2017 15:04

...speechless...
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05 Apr 2017 16:47

Oh my.....

I don't know what to say.

R.I.P Steve, you'll certainly be missed by all. :sad: :sad: :sad:
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Re: Steve Tilford

05 Apr 2017 17:30

Horrible. Accomplished rider and voice of reason in the industry. He'll be missed for sure. Sad.
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Re: Steve Tilford, Rest in Peace

05 Apr 2017 17:57

Scott SoCal wrote:I just saw this. Don't know where to start but cycling in the USA has lost an icon.

http://stevetilford.com/2017/04/05/bad-news/

https://twitter.com/SteveTilford

Oh wow. This is terrible news. RIP and may peace be with his family and friends.
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05 Apr 2017 18:54

I'm glad they were able to rescue the dog.

That is just terrible and sad. He lived through the initial accident only to be run over by another 18 wheeler.
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05 Apr 2017 19:58

Very sad. He seems to have touched a lot of peoples lives. There are many who will remember him.
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05 Apr 2017 20:05

There's a thread over in the MTB section. Maybe this can be merged with that one.

:( This year is shaping up to be as terrible as last year. Could that whole riders dying thing just stop already?
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05 Apr 2017 22:50

Don't think I have much of a right to say seeing as I'm not much of a rider, but...

RIP to a fellow athlete.
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Re: Steve Tilford

05 Apr 2017 23:20

Shocked and saddened by the loss of Steve. His blog was a must-read. So much experience and knowledge in so many areas. Condolences to Trudi. Hope Tucker is OK.
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06 Apr 2017 18:22

Very sad.
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07 Apr 2017 21:13

Ugggh.

One person who Steve frequently called out was Jonathan Vaughters, the former pro who now manages the Cannondale-Drapac professional team. Even though the two did not always see eye to eye, Vaughters said he had deep respect for Tilford. "I respected Steve even though he pounded on me because, end of the day, he was after the same end goal, regards doping, that I was," Vaughters said. "And he was uncompromising with his words pursuing that. So, while I was hurt by his words, I knew what he was saying was coming from a good place. And I respected that. Always."

When asked to assess how Tilford was able to race competitively for so long, Vaughters said "the dude was the quintessential road warrior his entire life" and then relayed a funny story. "As part of our ongoing debates, I invited Steve out to get tested by our sports science crew," Vaughters recalled. "So, I can tell you as a matter of fact: the reason he ripped people's legs off is that he had a very big motor. He was very physically talented. Very big. The sports science dudes were a bit shocked a guy that age still had so much under the hood."

Then Vaughters and I got to talking about the horrific scene out on I-70 early Wednesday morning. Out of the blue, Vaughters said "I keep wondering why he was still out on the highway. Bet you anything he was looking for his dog in the wreck."

I had no idea so I made some calls. Multiple people told me that had heard that Tilford had moved away from the wreckage, but, deeply concerned that his beloved dog, Tucker, was loose, had walked back toward his truck to find a leash. (Steve would be relieved to know that Tucker is fine.)



https://www.outsideonline.com/2172381/steve-tilford-obituary


Good stuff regarding Tilford.
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Re: Steve Tilford, Rest in Peace

07 Apr 2017 22:06

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17 Apr 2017 23:00

Tilford memorial

An evening to share memories of a life rich with love, happiness, humility, and compassion. His drive to be the best brought out the best in all of us.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania
Lawrence, Kansas

5:30-9:30 pm
Open House

Small plates, beverages, and of course, pie!

Please RSVP to Stacie by April 17
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