This edition of the Heartbreaker Cycling Invitational is dedicated to our friend, Shawn Smith of Gainesville, Florida. Shawn’s life was tragically cut short on Thursday, May 10, when he was struck by a motorist from behind on a quiet country road on Tuesday, May 8, one of his regular training routes.
Shawn leaves behind a son, a wife, family and a huge network of friends. A fierce competitor on the mountain bike, Shawn crossed over regularly into gravel, attending just about every event hosted in Gainesville by the Gravel Cyclist crew. Shawn made us laugh with his antics and jokes, and suffer like a maggot as we clung to his wheel. You will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Shawn.
About the Heartbreaker:
Organized by JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew, the Heartbreaker Cycling Invitational is an event that traverses some of Gainesville’s most beautiful roads. Featuring Live Oak canopies adorned with Spanish moss, dirt, limerock and paved roads, this ride has it all. For those wondering, Ryan Woodall took the fastest time, even though the Heartbreaker isn’t really a race.
Links to Todd’s Tour of Ara Stories (South Africa):
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