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Doug Sloan - Does anyone know what happened to him?(18 posts)

Doug Sloan - Does anyone know what happened to him?Skip
Jun 9, 2001 3:03 PM
I haven't seen any posts or responses by him for weeks. Is he on vacation (Giro?), deluged by work, given up cycling, or at least this forum, ?????? Thanks.
Jun 9, 2001 4:15 PM
I was thinking the same thing while on a ride this morning. He dropped from sight. I don't see him posting on the VeloNews forum either. I hope that nothing happened to him. Maybe he got burned out with the internet. Sort of strange he just stopped posting, you'd think he would have said something. Anyone has his email address that can drop him a line?
Dunno...Cliff Oates
Jun 9, 2001 5:36 PM
Hi Ed. Try his firm: Fresno Law. I remember that his goal for the year is to train for an ultra distance event, and he's a partner at his firm, so between work and finding saddle time, he probably has better things to do than engage in some of the addled arguments that go on in here. FWIW, I am personally fond of subtle exits.
Done, I've sent him an email (NM)DINOSAUR
Jun 9, 2001 8:55 PM
Done, I've sent him an email (NM)Skip
Jun 9, 2001 10:58 PM
I did too, earlier. Hope somebody hears from him and all is well.
Skippy, if you can't wean yourself of him,Wailer
Jun 10, 2001 12:50 AM
a simple search turned up his website listing his contact information at There is also a bunch of other references for him. If it's late and you're lonely, there is a picture of him riding his mountain bike that might work for you though it seems he has let his fat tire page go 404.

Since Mr. Mike is saying he's trying to get pregnant, why don't you quit bugging him and let him enjoy the Barry White with his main squeeze. I recommend you try to get an understanding girlfriend and a new set of aero wheels to help you get over the loss.
probably to busy riding (nm)C-40
Jun 9, 2001 4:17 PM
re: Doug Sloan - Does anyone know what happened to him?Alan B
Jun 9, 2001 10:08 PM
I sent him an email last week and haven't heard back. If he has a big event he usually says something here in the forum. I feel like his mom saying this, but I hope he's OK.
Just out of curiosity, I checked the state bar web sitemike mcmahon
Jun 9, 2001 11:04 PM
Sloan is still listed as an active, practicing attorney in Fresno, CA. This would appear to indicate that he has not moved or, euphemistically, "ceased to exist." I seem to recall a while back that he mentioned that he had some big trials coming up and that he and his wife were trying to get pregnant and that for these reasons, he wouldn't be on the board much. Maybe he's got more pressing matters to address. FWIW.
Jun 10, 2001 6:57 AM
He's tired of seeing stupid questions such as: "What size bike or shoes, or brand of tyres, etc. should I buy"; "What kind of music do you listen to while riding?" (it should be FUNERAL music....this same moron complains about motorist' inattention!!!)
Hi FolksDog
Jun 10, 2001 8:50 AM
I received a couple of emails, so I'm checking in. Just the usual changes in life that require some redirection for me now, so I've thought it better to refocus.

I've been trying to train a bit more, but it's been tough. I've had a few plaguing pains from pushing my body longer distances and harder on the hills. For example, yesterday, I rode 156 miles (Fresno to Los Banos and back) alone at 20.2 mph, and my legs are fried. Other weekends, I ride to Kaiser Pass at 9300 feet elevation and back. That's much more fun than sitting in an aero position across the flat valley for 7 hours straight. Every bit of my spare time has been spent training, but with little time to spare. While I've had a dream of doing RAAM, it may not be possible due to recent events.

A few weeks ago my senior partner died of a heart attack at age 51. This was extremely upsetting to the firm and his family, and he was a friend to me, too. I've been scrambling to save the firm and clients. That's been a nightmare, requiring 14 hour, very difficult, days. It was a total shock, and no one was prepared for it.

I've had too little time to post here, and rather than check in now and then, I thought it better to go cold turkey and just focus on the rest of my life.

Frankly, and I have no intention to offend, the posts have become very routine, so repetitive, that I just lost interest. I just can't handle another thread about "waving/roadies are jerks", "which wheels or bike to buy", Camelbaks, polls, and worst of all, the personal attacks ("Who is most full of sh..???"). When we post regularly, we may feel compelled to chime in, or it seems that if you don't, someone is offended. We used to exchange some very helpful information and have some intelligent, even heated, arguments. I'm sorry, I've just grown weary of it. Call me a jerk for saying so, but that's how I feel.

I've just sort of moved on, that's all. Until losing my partner, I was making a serious run at RAAM preparation. This requires moving to a whole new level of committment, time, and learning what works there. You cannot take it casually, as even the non-riding portion of the preparation has been compared to preparing for an Everest expedition. It's overwhelming. I don't know what I can do now.

Take care, all. Thanks for the kind thoughts.

dum spiro speroWailer
Jun 10, 2001 9:23 AM
ave atque vale.

I figure you'll know some latin.
Jun 10, 2001 11:03 AM
It's nice to see that the old Sloan Monster is alive and well. Sorry to hear of the death of your partner. Ride safe, may the wind always be at your back...

The road rose up before me
never ending
rising, falling, bending, twisting

On into eternity
never stopping
through day, night, morning and noon

Through trees so tall
through hearts of mountains
past rivers and streams

Onward I press
past cities and towns
freeways and byways

It calls and beckons
I know not it's name
heat, cold, rain and snow

Time shall pass through
but the road goes on
where it leads I do not know

A Cyclist
good luck nmpeloton
Jun 10, 2001 1:25 PM
Hi FolksSkip
Jun 10, 2001 2:42 PM
Thanks Doug,

Sorry for your firm's, and your personal loss. It must be very difficult.

Best of luck in your prep for RAAM, be it this year or next - it will happen.

I too have grown weary of the swill that is ever more present of late in this forum, not the higher quality of posts of 6-12 months ago; way too many personal attacks and meaness for no purpose and just plain stupid posts. Hopefully it will change, and soon. Best of luck in whatever and wherever life takes you. Keep the rubber side down and may the wind be always at your back.

Hi DougGW Rider
Jun 10, 2001 4:24 PM
Sorry to hear about your recent loss and unexpected increase in workload. I hope everything works out for you in life, family, work, and cycling. Good Luck with your RAAM preparation. That is a monumentous undertaking.

GW Rider

Keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down.
You have rather a full plate these days, Doug. Sorry aboutbill
Jun 11, 2001 9:53 AM
your loss, and best to you for the future. I've missed your contributions, as well. Good luck.
Hi FolksLLSmith
Jun 11, 2001 1:04 PM
Good Luck Doug Sloan. I have enjoyed reading your post. They have been helpful, entertaining and always diplomatic.