One of the few people around here that I genuinely like and one of the only I people I included as "friend" (as superficial as that is) on these boards.
The guy had a mode of life that I respect dearly. I know I am not the easiest person to comprehend or to be around and I often agitate people, but he looked right through my manifest behaviour. People that succeed in doing so have good chances of becoming my friend in real life.
I remember how he was one of those people that didn't take my harshness and silliness serious. The people that see me for who I am and realize that I don't mean to **** people off are rare in this world, not only on this forum. He was one of those people.
From my personal experience I can only say that he stood out among the rest. He was to only guy that voted in that grotesquely absurd "Boomcie is totally awesome"-thread. I never would have thought that anyone would take that thread seriously, sadly some people did, but it also showed Craig at his finest: a guy that's genuinely kind and understanding and someone who assumes the best in people, never the worst.
Thanks for looking past absurdity and stupidity and not taking life too serious at all time. It's people like you that make this world worth living in (for me personally).
Just to let you all know, i have sent a short messages to one of craigs coaches at the club. Passed on my personal commiserations but have also pointed him to this thread so that if he should wish to pass on some of the messages here he can.
I'm only an occasional poster and part time reader, but you just knew, from reading his posts that he was a top guy, through and through, which is pretty remarkable, considering it's just a few words on the internet.
I just read this news last night. It's hard to comprehend how a young man hops on his bike for a ride and does not make it home.
Like most of us, I never met Craig, although a few of us had offered to help get him to Southern California for a CN forums meet-up over a beer at The Back Abbey. Then there were the plans for the Tour of Flanders.
Things we should have done....
Rest in peace, Craig. You touched many, had an impact in this world and leave us way too soon.
From the information a person can glean from a cycling message board you carried yourself with dignity and pride. My thoughts are with his family during these unimaginable times ahead without someone as good as you in their lives.
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
- Mark Twain