Many of you may remember the New Zealand team, Pure Black Racing, who had an extended stay in Southern California early last year (2011). They competed in some of out bigger races such as the San Dimas Stage Race and Redlands Bicycle Classic, before moving on to other venues. While they skipped those races this year, the team has returned to North America. They raced the Tour de Beauce in Quebec, and have another six races scheduled in Canada before mid-July.
Well, one of their riders, Michael Torckler, was struck by a car while on a solo training ride in the Santa Rosa area of California this week. It seems to go without saying these days, that the cowardly driver fled the scene, leaving the severely injured Torckler lying in the road. He was transported to hospital in critical condition with severe head injuries. Reports now are that this status has improved, and his life is no longer threatened. Good news indeed - continue sending thoughts for recovery his way.
And may the inconsiderate driver get his just rewards for all the lack of compassion shown to Mr. Torckler.