Goodbye too soon


Slightly off topic for my usual blog – but……….Romain Bardet, wrote: “This sport is as sublime as it is tragic. In the sense that it can put the life of any of those who practice it in danger at any moment. All our thoughts are with Michael Goolaerts.”

Gazette van Cat

Some days, being a cycling fan is easier than others.  This week we have lived through the highest of excitements and the lowest of lows.

The words many of us woke up to this morning

“It is with unimaginable sadness…”

were very difficult for our small, close-knit community to take, as we found out that Michael Goolaerts did not make it through the night.

Social Media has had us all in a bittersweet mood today as the tweets we ‘liked’ yesterday, reminding us of the fun and excitement of a fantastic Paris-Roubaix, are interspersed with new tweets of condolence and grief.

At first, I fumed that the standard Twitter and Facebook settings were so cold and insensitive.  Then, I realized that tomorrow, all the ‘Likes” we see will be those outpourings of grief and sorrow.  If we continue to “like” these our mourning will continue for another day and another.

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