What it means to love this sport.

There’s a risk in loving something too much and the risk is losing that thing which you love. This cycling community that we all circle in is something that we share a deep love for. The experience of the ride. The camaraderie of friends. The closeness of relationships developed over miles traveled, shared experiences and the passing of time.

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That is what makes cycling special. It’s what makes the cycling community special. Some of us race, some us ride for fun, some of us love to ‘nerd out’ on gear, and others chase KOM/QOM’s. Some of us are simply looking for an excuse to eat whatever we want and drink a couple beers once in a while. For most of us, it’s a combination of these things that draws us to this sport.

The common thread however, is people. Today we lost a person. A friend, an athlete, a gentle force, a teacher (economics professor at Montcalm Community College), a mentor, a consummate competitor, a person who you could ALWAYS depend on for a supportive word and a smile. There was literally no exception to this.

I’m going to miss you Mike Seaman. I’m going to miss you for the races we did and the races we never will. I’m going to miss telling you about “this thing I wanted to tell you about”, and how you inspired many of us to push ourselves and to ulitmately persevere.

Sometimes we love this sport because it hurts. Your calves burn on climbs, your quads burn in a sprint. You give up skin on the road or the trail, and you cramp on a long ride. Yet, you persevere. You work through the pain. You manage it, you own it and ultimately overcome it.

That is what we are going to do today. We’re going to own this pain. We’re going to persevere. We’re going to think of our friend Michael Seaman and remember his laugh, his amazing attitude, his calming smile and we’re going to work very hard to make cycling safer to honor his memory.

– Don Lee