Bike Monkey introduced a new event this fall, The Hammer Road Rally. Unfortunately, none of our contributors were able to attend the event, but when we saw the statement that Bike Monkey founder and CEO Carlos Perez read to the assembled riders, we realized we wanted to share that with our readers. It’s rare that we get any insight into the genesis of an event or the stresses that event promoters suffer. In 2015 at Levi’s GranFondo, Edward Lund crashed, fatally so. The Hammer Road Rally became a way to remember Edward and to honor the rider he was. This is a fine example of what makes Bike Monkey such an exemplary event promoter—Padraig.
It keeps me awake at night, thinking about the safety of every rider who comes to our starting line. But sometimes, things are out of our control, and that doesn’t make it easier. What each of us seeks on the bike is to wring out our senses, and play songs with our bodies and our emotions; and in the end, to be left with peace. These types of songs come with risk.
On October 3rd, 2015 Edward Lund lost his life playing that song, having crashed his bike on Hauser Bridge Road during Levi’s GranFondo. He was running his fingers over the highest notes, doing something he loved. It became Ed’s swan song.
Some people are remarkable, and Ed was one of those people. So today we will ride in his honor, and begin writing a new chapter for Fresno and Madera Counties. I believe we will talk of it years from now—remember where this ride started; look at what it’s become. You are all part of this beginning.
In Ed’s wake, a year later, we’ve stumbled over a suitcase he left behind. And in it are his contributions of kinship, inspiration, many memories, and his hammer.
Let’s have no heavy hearts today. That time is behind us. This is a celebration for us to sing with our bodies, to challenge ourselves, to ride hard, far, and safe. Let’s honor Ed, by riding for the sheer joy that can only be had on two wheels, and do so in these open spaces he called home.
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