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Tragic News

19 Mar 2012 22:55

It is with a very heavy heart, that I am the bearer of extremely sad news.

it is the second time in a matter of months that this duty has fallen to me, and each time is equally heartbreaking.

On Saturday the 11th of February, Craig Walsh, known to many of you as Craig1985 was tragically killed after a collision with a motor car while riding his bike.

I really dont know what to say, except that my knowledge of craig was that of a great guy.

On February 18th more than 60 cyclists rode from the Luke Harrop track at Runaway Bay to the funeral at Allambe Gardens in Nerang in memory of the 26-year-old.

In a poignant twist, Craigs signature on the cycling news forums pays tributes to three people. Xavier Tondo, Wouter Weyland, and John The Swordsman.

Words cannot describe how I feel knowing he has now been added to that list.

I will try at some point to contact a member of his club, or a member of the family so that we may pass on our sympathies.

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Craig Walsh. 1985 - 2012
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19 Mar 2012 23:06

RIP Craig. I can't write anymore:(
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19 Mar 2012 23:07

RIP brother

sad news indeed
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19 Mar 2012 23:08

a great guy who was liked by everyone. Truly gutted about this.
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19 Mar 2012 23:10

Wow. I'm crushed. That dude was okay.
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19 Mar 2012 23:12

He always seemed like such a great guy...devastated. RIP.

It's at times like these I consider quitting cycling altogether, the motorists will never learn...:(
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19 Mar 2012 23:14

totally bummed. RIP Craig Walsh/Craig1985. super nice guy. we were corresponding a lot over the last couple of years.
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19 Mar 2012 23:14

Wow. That's just completely unbelievable. At a loss for words. I had been wondering why he seemed to have stopped posting, but never imagined for a second it would be for anything like this.

He was a good guy to have around, always gave the impression he'd be a great guy to hang around with, and the forum was better for his contribution. Thoughts to those who knew him.
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19 Mar 2012 23:19

the fact his avatar is that of John the Swordsman is almost too much.

Devastating :(
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19 Mar 2012 23:20

This is deep.

Craig really was imo one of the best cycling fans in the world, and I don't hand that one out, even in threads like these, unless I think it is earned.

Had high level knowledge of the pros, and rode at a very high level in local crits. Loved and took part in the sport at all its levels.

Didnt always show his high knowledge kept it to himself and lurked often, but you could se he had it like for example when he wrote on 1 of the Vuelta 10 stage threads that Hushovd had won the stage in the Volta Catalunya some years back.
Or that avatar he had of Abdoujaparov

Was always great to read his posts about how he had just ridden with this pro or that. Fan stories like that are my favourite posts to read and Craig offered these feel good stories as much as anyone.

He also posted with joy about his trips to europe for whcih he had saved up long for, in order to watch the Tour de France, what had been a dream of his.

Never got into any **** with anybody on here.
I remember when people were beating up on jens and craig posted with a smiley that he likes jens posts cos they are different.

Loved the forum too. Many of his posts where jokes to other posters or about their posting styles.

As I remember his signature also had the words "hope I do not have to add to this list".

What a sad irony.

I don't know how you found out dim but chapeau on doing so and letting the community pay its respects.
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The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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19 Mar 2012 23:33

Goddamnit.. no... f*ck... :'(


Completely at a lack of words...

may you rest in peace Craig :)
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19 Mar 2012 23:33

I am really sad, what terrible news.

In his posts he came across as a really nice guy.

I looked for a thread that he started, about VO2 max

here it is
http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=12560&highlight=craig1985
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19 Mar 2012 23:35

Dude noooo! :( I'm so very very very sad now :(

I had quite some good moments with him on here and had hoped to one day ride the RvV cyclosportive with him....

Rest in peace brother :(
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Wouter, John and Xavi, you all will be missed.

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19 Mar 2012 23:39

This is so sad, i have been thinking about him lately. Goodbye Craig, you were all class.
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19 Mar 2012 23:39

Sad, just sad.
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19 Mar 2012 23:41

Michielveedeebee wrote:Dude noooo! :( I'm so very very very sad now :(

I had quite some good moments with him on here and had hoped to one day ride the RvV cyclosportive with him....

Rest in peace brother :(


I too hoped one day to meet the guy. In pms he was as on the boards very friendly.
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The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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19 Mar 2012 23:51

For some of us we've been interacting with this kid for almost three years, super nice guy, wish I could have met him too. He will be missed like family, like a brother.....................:(
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19 Mar 2012 23:58

What a tragedy, so young. RIP Craig, you will indeed be missed by many.:(

Thanks for bringing the news Dim, and for how you brought it...
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19 Mar 2012 23:58

Testing the bounds of reality.
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20 Mar 2012 00:00

This is horrible news. 26 years is not nearly enough. I don't even know what to say. I've "known" Craig for years through cycling forums, especially this one.

Craig, may you get a group ride together up there, and maybe be a guiding force for other cyclists. Keep the family safe.
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