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A FRIEND LOST, PERSPECTIVE GAINED

GrassMoots rider David Gensch writes in this week about a dear riding pal he has lost.  This really puts perspective on life and good friends.

He writes:

On February 24th The mountain biking community lost one of it’s beloved members.  Kelly Ozborn known by many as Oz, passed away days after learning of the cancerous tumor in his head.  Oz was that guy on the trail whose smile was contagious.  It did not matter what kind of ride you had or how you rode it, he made you feel good about yourself, good about being in nature, and good about being a cyclist.  Even though I spent most of my time trying to keep up with Oz, as most of us did, he was my favorite riding friend because of his endless enthusiasm, optimism, and mad bike skills.  His trailside and parking lot etiquette seemed to always make people smile and would bring strangers together in an instant.  As our sport grows, too often is judgment and vibe thrown around and Oz would break that down so fast, usually with out even intending to.  He was just that great of a guy.  He worked just as hard as he rode and gave life his full effort.  Those of us who were lucky enough to know Oz are better people because of his passion, his kindness, and his amazing endless source of positive energy.  Oz left this realm just as fast as he rode and many will miss him dearly.  We all ride bikes for different reasons but we are all cyclists, so be like Oz and make a stranger smile, a friend feel good, and a trial ridden with passion.  Take care Oz….ride in peace.

David Gensch

 

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