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RAAM article in KC Star(6 posts)

RAAM article in KC Starj-son
Jun 23, 2003 8:24 PM
There was a nice article on RAAM in the Kansas City Star Sunday. Front page story in the sports section with color photo.

The tone of the article was a wee bit melodramatic, and was saddened by the death of a rider, but it's still nice see a positive story about cycling in a fairly major mainstream newspaper.
Wee bit melodramatic???biknben
Jun 24, 2003 4:51 AM
That's like saying Jenna Jameson is soft core porn.

Malin, riding in his mother's memory, ends up pinned under a truck for 4 hours with his Dad saying prayers for him. Other RAAM riders approach the scene and see the support vehicles and a bike. Officials are concerned that another rider, riding in memory of his daughter, is going to see the scene and flip out.

To be honest, I'm fightig back tears at my desk. It's a good article but I didn't need the accident scene reenactment.
Good writing!Uncle Tim
Jun 24, 2003 6:03 AM
Very good article. Very well written. Good read.

I think the graphic description is very necessary. We need to understand how these things happen, and we need to understand exactly what kind of damage these vehicles can do.

I find it hard to believe that these guys ride the busy roads with headphones on. Sounds to me - and I do not have all the facts - like a violation of basic safety rules.

Long distance cycling has quite an appeal to me, but riding long distances on busy road with semis off my left elbow doesn't sound like much fun.
Living in KC....funknuggets
Jun 24, 2003 7:07 AM
This is a welcome sight! Fringe-type sports do not regularly make their way into the KC Star (esp. the Sunday edition) which dedicates an entire section to FISHING every weekend. It is good for this town and this area to get some more exposure to cycling as we are seeing a nice boom in cycling, yet are having some difficulties in getting cycling lanes.

This also comes from an area that gets letters to the editors to this same paper from elderly who write in complaining that roads being closed for a bicycle road race is unacceptable because it made them late for church...and that races should be approved by the county by a vote. Whatever...

Best written article I've read in a long time.brider
Jun 24, 2003 10:36 AM
I can't imagine going through what Jim Malin has gone through and still having a will to go on with life. I was wondering how the exchange between the preacher and Jim went -- I was left hanging a bit on that point. Tragic events, and it's actually quite surprising that it hasn't happened prior to now.
good read, thanks. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 24, 2003 10:53 AM