Today we are laying to rest fellow cyclist Jim Swarzman. Jim was struck and killed by a car this past weekend while riding a brevet through Leucadia, near San Diego. While I only met Jim in person a couple of times, we spoke via the rando email groups and Facebook. I actually learned quite a bit about Jim from his fianceé Nicole. Jim and Nicole put on the Malibu Coastal Cruise 200k back in November. While we pedaled she shared many stories about Jim, who was in the lead pack on his mountain bike! He was very supportive of every cyclist and I too benefitted from his cheering on. Jim was interested in laying out some mixed terrain brevets and we shared that interest. Chris Kostman put together a great list of Jim’s cycling achievments on the Rough Riders Blog.
I’m saddened by this tragic event and for his fianceé Nicole. It looks as if they’ve found the driver that was responsible, but I’m not really sure it matters. Jim is gone, but not forgotten. I’m going to ride the Mt. Laguna Bicycle Classic with knobbies this weekend. I think Jim would’ve liked that.