Saturday, February 19, 2005 I lost a dear friend of mine, Darlene
While on one
of the rides that we have done countless times, Darlene lost control
of her bicycle and crashed under a guardrail while descending Quimby
road (off Mt. Hamilton). Darlene died almost instantly from major
chest trauma, fortunately she did not suffer. On that ride Darlene was with her husband Bill,
close friend "Uber"
Song Wrensch, and Ryan Hata.
Darlene in 1994 when her and Bill purchased their first road
bicycles from my bicycle store in Milpitas. We became friends as
Darlene's passion for cycling grew and she absorbed cycling information
from me like a sponge. What started out as Saturday morning group
rides, developed into a special friendship that I will always
remember. I shared many great times with Darlene and her
family: skiing, rafting, hiking, yoga, dinners, and of course
cycling. Most of all, Darlene was one of the most genuinely caring
people towards me that I will probably ever meet in my lifetime. She made a tremendous impact from
the thoughtfulness and caring that she always showed me.
Darlene will be missed and was loved by all.