The cycling world has been dealt quite a few blows as of late, doping allegations tuned in to confirmations and the people you hold in most high regards fall by the wayside. On monday August 11, 2014 one of the funniest cyclists i can think of took his own life after a long and bitter battle with depression, Robin Williams was 63 when he passed away exactly 30 years older than me. I had the privilege of sharing a birthday with one of the funniest people ever to live. He gave so much joy to so many buy was not able to experience it himself. He was often seen at the amgen tour of california and even was at the finishing stages of the tour de france. He was friends with legends Lance Armstrong and even the great Eddy Merckx was quoted saying “He’s a big cycling fan thats how i know him” “He had a great sense of humor and was a cycling fanatic, He was above all a big friend to Lance Armstrong, But knew me and what i had won, if you are a cycling fanatic you have heard of Merckx. Ive cycled with him a few times over in america”
So as i take a moment to honor on phenomenally funny person with a passion for cycling i also remind you not to take mental health lightly. I love all bicycles but that dosent pay the bills after 8 years as a carpenter i decided to change career paths and go in the the mental heath field. I work as psych nurse in a mental health inpatient and see depression first hand every day. Depression is not something that can be fixed with a pill or two or a session of therapy, it a life long battle that can be managed with constant therapy and in some cases pharmaceuticals. My advice to my readers is that if you know any one with mental health issues please urge them to seek help, it dosent mean that they are “weak” or “crazy” it means that they are sick and need help to deal their issues
Colnago and Cannondale he had good taste thats for sure!
It seemed like he had a smile on his face when ever he was on his bike
In recent airing of the Conan O’brien show he told a story of after he was booted from the tonight show and feeling low, he received a bicycle as a gift from Robin Williams and when he called to thank him he ask if it was ridiculous as he intended it to be being neon orange and green with shamrocks everywhere, Conan said it was the nicest thing anyone has ever doe and no one had bought him a bike since his parents did when he was a boy.
I know from now on when i get in the saddle ill be paying tribute to a very funny man who not only shared a birthday with but shared the passion of cycling. R.I.P Robin Williams 7/21/51 – 8/11/14 gone but never forgotten….