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bunny
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 Posted: Mon May 21st, 2012 04:50 pm

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Here is Liz's report from mariposa:

Mariposa Stage Race
5/11-13

I really wanted to write up a fun report on this race----how, Sue, Cammy, Linda, Julie, Andrea and I geared up for this race, planning strategy, enlisting the help of Monica and Erika, how we had super duper teamwork and support.

I wanted to report how Sue paced me up the hillclimb stage, to help me pull back some time I lost in the TT, and how Monica lent me a pair of gloves that gave me magical sprinting power and I got enough time bonus to lead GC going into the last stage.  I thought myself clever when I dubbed the neutral descent to the hillclimb start the Velo-Promo-naide.

But the joy that is the Women's stage race turned to sadness, as we bore witness to tragedy.    Our Sisterhood of Bike Racers has sustained a loss, and we grieve our loss. 

Liz


Many of the Norcal Bellas have already heard about how Suzanne Rivera, a cat 4 racer from Bakersfield, died from injuries she sustained during a crash in Stage 4 of this stage race. For those of you who want more information,  

Here is a link to a news article about the accident:

 
http://www.bakersfield.com/news/sports/local/x148505827/Bakersfield-athlete-killed-in-bicycle-race



Here is a link to Suzanne's obituary and there is a guestbook if you'd like to leave a condolence:


http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bakersfield/obituary.aspx?n=suzanne-jane-rivera&pid=157664902
 
 

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 Posted: Wed May 23rd, 2012 01:19 pm

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that is such sad news. From the descriptions, Suzanne seemed like an amazing woman.

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 Posted: Fri May 25th, 2012 01:42 am

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So tragic :(


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