Update: Industry Veteran Michael Bonney Passes Away After Announcing Decision to End His Life

Nov 12, 2019
by Sarah Moore  

After announcing his decision to allow his life to end last Tuesday, Michael Bonney passed away on Saturday.

Bonney was injured in a road biking accident in 2013 at age 54 and has been living with near total paralysis for the past six years. He posted a beautiful, heartfelt letter explaining his reasons for turning off his life support systems last week. In it, he explained that he expected to pass quickly and that he would be sedated to reduce his suffering. The original story is below.

His wife Linzi Anne announced his passing yesterday and Orange posted a heartfelt tribute. Both can be read in full here:


bigquotesMichael, for those who don’t already know, passed away on Saturday afternoon in a peaceful and dignified manner at home as he wished. I feel so sad Michael felt unable to continue on but at the same time I’ll take solace that he is finally free from suffering and at peace.

At this sad time I’m minded of a conversation we had shortly after his accident, at a time when he still had dreams and the reality of complete paralysis was sinking in. He told me of a dream he had the previous night and how gutted he felt to wake to the realisation it was only a dream - he told me:

I dreamt of my hands and legs being stung by nettles as I rip down the trail that leads to the Beamish Burn, it's dry dusty and all I hear is the laughter from JMC and Colin D who lead me down, Brian F is behind me and the summer sun is setting, it’s a perfect biking night, I'm hoping it's not just a dream but something I'll look forward to with my old buddies.....

Well Michael, I hope you can finally feel the adrenaline burn in your legs, I hope those nettles are stinging like f*ck and most of all I hope you are free of suffering and pain and are riding hard and fast with your buddies who went before you...... ride free my love xx
Words by Michael's wife Linzi Anne on Facebook


bigquotesIt is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Michael Bonney on November 9th 2019.

Michael was a major part of the Orange bikes story who instigated many of the major chapters of our history. He joined the company in 1994 just six years after we began. During his time at Orange he inspired so much that the list is endless. Those adventures included overseeing the signing of Team Animal Orange, leading to The Global Racing Downhill team featuring some of the greatest riders from the sport including Greg Minnaar and Mik Hannah. Later he secured a deal with Steve Peat which brought major success and more World Cup wins and championships. During this time he nurtured and developed many young riders, who form part of the international mountain bike community that Michael embodied. Orange Bikes would not be where we are today if Michael Bonney had not been a part of this history.

Michael was very much a part of the Orange Bikes family and as many of you will know suffered a life changing injury in March 2013 which left him paralysed from the neck down. Michael's journey since then has been inspirational. Shortly after the accident he married his long-term partner Linzi and from that building block went on to carve out a successful cycle industry consultant roll helping many companies with his in-depth industry knowledge and experience. However, in the long run this life was never easy and many of you will have seen Michael's heart wrenchingly honest final post on social media.

Our hearts are saddened but we fully respect Michael's decision to refuse medical intervention and let fate take its course, which it did on Saturday 9th or November. Michael passed in the company of those that he loved.

We salute you Michael and thank you for all that you gave before, during and after your time with Orange Bikes. You have inspired so many and wherever you have gone, we're sure you'll continue to do so.

Ride on Michael. We will keep riding for you.
Orange Bikes


Our thoughts are with Michael's partner Linzi and his family and friends at this difficult time.



Original story

Michael Bonney at Eurobike in 2010. Photo by Jacob Gibbins.
Michael Bonney at Eurobike in 2010. Photo by Jacob Gibbins.
Greg Minnaar and Michael Bonny of the Ride for Michael Foundation.
Greg Minnaar with Michael Bonney in 2015. Photo credit Crank Brothers.


We are incredibly sad to tell you that Michael Bonney, the former Managing Director of Orange Bikes, has decided to end his own life. Bonney was injured in a road biking accident in 2013 at age 54, and has spent over six years since living with almost total paralysis.

He shared a beautiful, heartfelt letter explaining his decision on his Facebook page today.


bigquotesAnd so it ends.

I’ve always been open about my disability and life and feel that the last chapter requires that same openness.

After 6 1/2 years I’ve let my body decide whether it can sustain life, I’ve switched the vent off and as my breathing slows will be sedated and won’t have any medical treatment to help stay alive. According to my doctors my lungs will slowly stop moving and sats will drop. Given my stubborn body there is the possibility it’ll keep breathing, it hasn’t done anything that I have wanted since the accident Smile .

The decision to switch off the vent wasn’t that difficult to make, the surprising part is I got this far but that is down to the support I’ve had from so many people and me not wanting to let them down. The list is too long to thank everyone individually although I will thank a few further down this post but I hope that everyone who has helped realises that their support was appreciated. It got me through some difficult times, gave me opportunities to try and find some form of satisfaction inside a broken body and made me understand the value of friends. In many ways I’ve been lucky to travel this journey, I’ve learnt about myself and the kindness of others, can’t say it is the way I would of chosen but I will leave this world a lot wiser because of it.

You’ll probably be asking why? That is a hard one to answer as it isn’t one thing. Living with no movement is hard, living with no physical sensation a lot, lot harder. I miss the feeling of touch more than anything and find knowing that I will never have it again very difficult. As I get older I look to the future and question what it will be like living in old age like this, it holds little appeal. I’m tired of being dependant on others, hate what I go through every day, spend most of the day with eyes shut trying to pretend that I am somewhere else. The total loss of independence isn’t me. The side effects of constantly being cold, never ending hypersensitivity on my chest, spasms that twist and distort me all limiting what I can do. Constant pressure sores, months spent in bed unable to do anything with Linzi. Watching a relationship fall apart stuck in bed. Throw in the pissing and shitting problems along with lungs needing a plastic pipe shoved into them to remove the build up of secretions and I do find it difficult to find quality in life. And that is ultimately what life is about, being able to do things, keep a relationship together doing things together, being able to socialise not leave at 9pm so your care team can get you to bed. No spontaneity, everything planned with military precision, it just isn’t me.

For the last 6 1/2 years I’ve lied and deceived, as much to myself as all of you, pretending that I could find pleasure in a difficult existence. There are times that I did but they are rare and not worth the price paid. I’ve tried to do things, managed to prove that a severely disabled person can work in the bike industry and I am proud of that but also know that I can’t do it like I once did which is a source of immense frustration. I’m grateful for the work opportunity with Ison, without it I’m not sure how I would of coped, it provided a release from the sleepless nights spent in the darkest parts of my mind. That mental game is the most difficult I’ve played and eventually wore me down but at the same time I’ve found comfort in knowing that I tried and that I am making the right decision based upon life experience and not a fear of life with an SCI.

Yet again we are short of support workers, Linzi is having to cover too many hours and I live with the constant fear of my care package falling apart and being forced to exist in a care home or hospital. I can’t describe what that is like but anyone who visited me in the hell hole Hawthorns will understand. The relationship with the care companies has always been challenging, you can’t complain for fear they withdraw support and are only required to give one months notice when it takes 3 months to get a new care company in place. We struggle to recruit and that isn’t going to get any easier. The stress that a lack of support brings is one of the factors in my decision. It’s put a huge strain on my relationship with Linzi as she has to get involved and look after me when we are short of support workers. It can’t continue like this and I can’t expect Linzi to endure it indefinitely.

I’m lucky to have enjoyed life to the full up until my accident, the bucket list was very short and this made the decision easier. I’m old enough to not think I’ll be missing anything, if I was younger or had kids and responsibilities it might be different. I’m aware that isn’t the case for many of my friends in similar positions and hope that they can find happiness where I can’t.

So why now? My first words when brought out of sedation were “turn the life support off”, with no advance directive they wouldn’t do that, I tried again after 3 months but was deemed not to have mental capacity. After that I thought that the only option was assisted suicide in Switzerland but couldn’t put Linzi through that. A bit of research last year and I found that I could refuse medical treatment which included switching off the vent and after a lot of talking to doctors I was determined to have capacity. There is a line between assisted suicide and refusing medical treatment which keeps you alive and a lot of legal checking carried out prior to it being OK’ed. Didn’t know when I would do it but decided probably one more summer would be enough. Over the past few months my health has deteriorated, increased spasms, pressure sores (multiple), more medication, greater fluctuation in body temperature and more making life even more painful and uncomfortable. As summer rolls into autumn and now almost winter it is time to end the suffering, I don’t want to endure another cold winter for little pleasure. One of the hardest things was not telling close friend’s, I made the decision in July and have had opportunities, apologies to anyone that I met and couldn’t say anything, I didn’t like being deceitful.

I have to thank the Palliative care team and district nurse team that have supported me through this process, every step checked out and kept informed and always making me aware that I could change my mind even after I switch the vent off. Legally I am refusing a medical treatment and the care that I receive subsequently is sedation for the discomfort and pain. The trust’s legal team and coroner have been consulted and we have followed their guidelines. I don’t think anything more could of been done to keep me informed and capable of making my own decisions. Support from the teams that tried to alleviate the health problems right up until the last minute, caring for me just in case I would change my mind, everything possible done to try and get me in a better place but ultimately respecting my wishes and preparing to make sure that I am comfortable in my last hours.

I don’t think anyone can ever understand the reality of my life and I am lucky, lucky to have friends, lucky to have employment, lucky to have had the financial support of the Ride for Michael trust, lucky to have a wife who has endured so much. Sadly it isn’t enough, I’ve lost too much and know that I can’t have it back. The only certainty in life is death and I now accept that going early is the best option, enduring years more of this holds no appeal and I am fortunate to have a way out, paralysed lungs does have a benefit.

The realisation of the impact on my body became clear when I asked about donating my organs and nothing is usable, 6 1/2 years and that is how much I’ve deteriorated, little wonder that the side effects are getting worse. It is not going to improve, something that I have known for a while.

I’m aware of the stereo typical disability means life isn’t worth living and sadly that is where I am, others can and will cope better than me, I’m just not strong enough to keep going so please don’t pity anyone with a disability, they have an inner strength and are getting on with life in difficult situations. They need the world to change and your support to do that not your pity. I’ll be honest and say that for me it is a miserable existence, in no way comparable to my previous life but I had such a good life it was never going to be. Looking back I had a fantastic time, dream job, travel, amazing partner, all the toys that I wanted and a diverse group of friends, few are so lucky in life.

And finally a few thank you’s, apologies to anyone that I miss out, Lester, Lloyd, John C, Antony, Piers, Geoff McComb, John, Mike and everyone involved with Ride for Michael. Pat and the team at Ison, all of my support workers and the medical teams that have supported me especially in this final journey where the same care that kept me alive goes into looking after me as that life ends. Friends in Penrith who have helped out, friends who fund raised to help me buy equipment, Jack at Remap who modified that equipment, Stuart at Cyclone, my mum, sister and family who knew that I had made the decision and understood why and didn’t apply any pressure to me to change it and finally Linzi I couldn’t have made it this far without you, I didn’t just destroy my life I took yours as well and it is time to give it back.

I’ve decided to be buried rather than cremated and hope that anyone who attends my funeral celebrates my life, come in the clothes I would usually see you. No mourning, I’m making a decision that is the best for me and Linzi and have no regrets.

No flowers please, donations to Hospice at Home charity and Eden Animal Rescue. The balance of the Trust fund is being donated to Remap charity.

Despite everything I still love cycling and hope that the Ride 4 Michael aim of keeping people riding bikes continues in spirit. It doesn’t need me to do that it just needs you to keep riding.

And so ends my Facebook posting, thanks for reading if you got this far, thanks for your friendship.
Michael Bonney






From all of us at Pinkbike, we're wishing Michael the best in this final leg of his journey, and our thoughts are with his family.


238 Comments

  • 983 7
 Total respect. Peace.
  • 8 3
 Yes.
  • 297 4
 This was super hard to read but I feel like everyone should read his letter in full. End of life decisions are gaining a lot of attention in the U.S. and before anyone forms an opinion, they need to understand how incredibly difficult this is for everyone personally involved. I completely understand his decision, the steps he took to come to this decision and cannot imagine being put into the same situation. Thank you PB for posting this. Its needed.
  • 52 1
 @scott-townes: Agreed, we need change here. The hardest thing I've done is watch my mom waste away after a stroke. We couldn't do anything and we all knew she wouldn't have wanted her last months on earth to be the way they were.
  • 29 1
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: That's insanely tough. My family is dealing with a similar situation with an aggressive form of Dementia my father has been battling for 4 years now, just turned 64 this year and is responsible for my family's love of MTBing. I'm happy to see websites like PB finally getting into the rough reality so many have been dealing with for so long. Everyone has their choice, the only way to understand their choice
is to open it up for the public so the public can understand the thankfully rare and extreme circumstances people face.
  • 11 1
 @scott-townes: Ditto. My late mother battled with Dementia/Alzheimer's and I wouldn't wish that on many people. As @TheOriginalTwoTone says above about his mother, mine wouldn't have wanted her last months/ years on earth to be they way they were either. Kudos to Michael, his family and loved ones....may they all find peace. Shred on everyone and enjoy the ride while we can!
  • 9 1
 @scott-townes: Hard to describe the feeling as I wrote that post, years later still made me cry while boiling my blood.
  • 5 1
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: Oregon has legal end of life not sure what other States in the union do.
  • 6 1
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: My father-in-law lost to leukemia in August. Agreed, change in mindset could help more people understand Mr. Bonney's message. When your wife's hindsight has her wishing her dad had passed on the operating table instead of withstanding the subsequent month-long descent to...the end...I think even the suffering can use help understanding that there is support for those who know themselves best and know when they're done.

I hope your mom has found peace...and that you work towards yours.
  • 25 4
 Who the f*ck down votes this?
  • 7 0
 @scott-townes: Agreed. My old roommates aunt was Dr. Kavorkians first. She was an olympic level swimmer who broker her neck and was almost total paralysis. Once her children both graduated high school she chose to move on. Was sad for everyone but she was miserable and never the same. The full reliance on others and like he said touch feelings etc. "It's my life. Don't you forget." real TALK TALK
  • 6 0
 @scott-townes: FTD? My father recently passed after a six year battle with that horrible disease. f*ck dementia. I hope you and your family are doing well and that your father is able to live the best life he can.
  • 2 0
 Well said. Strength and peace to you and your loved ones.
  • 8 1
 @VT2wheeledlife: Religious zealots
  • 2 2
 @Aikow: Exactly.
  • 3 0
 @VT2wheeledlife: Chill. There are always gonna be haters.
  • 6 0
 @iammarkstewart:

Agreed, my father is battling the last phase of an agressive cancer as we speak and to see him losing all abilities and suffering its really tought BUT more so when he's telling you he's done and would like to go now but you cant do a thing about it? or can I? I dont know what to do Frown
  • 1 0
 @Pinkxello: I guess the only thing you can do is be there for him and your relatives. I wish you all the strength and hope that a miracle will heal your dad.
  • 3 0
 @VT2wheeledlife: I literally did by accident! Reading on a stupid iPad with my fat fingers. Meant to give an upvote. This man dealt with my worst fear I give him kudos for being in control.
  • 2 0
 @Pinkxello: it is a tough time for your dad, AND you too.
keep your head high, live the life, that life has given you now, it's ok to be sad and devastated and perhaps also mad.
I am very sorry for what you are going through, but please don't lose sight of who you are, who you were. I wish for you, your father and family strength through this tough time. it's ok, to be whatever you are, and it's ok to feel whatever you might feel now.
  • 1 0
 @davidpr2: Thanks for the kind words!
  • 3 0
 @scott-townes: I completely understand this post. just last year we lost my grandmother at 75 to f*cking dementia.I found out about an hour after finishing the Pisgah Enduro, which was supposed to be a great day for accomplishing something i thought to be impossible.
The last time i visited her, she did not know who i was, at least i did not scare her. My wife was with us and she had no idea at all who my wife was and was scared of her, i had been married for 4 years at the time and she even was at my wedding. =/ the worst part of it was watching what it did to my parents as i watched them have to care for her in this state. And i know she would not have wanted to live like that
  • 294 1
 Godspeed, Michael. I am not seeking to be semantical, and yet the title of this article is incorrect. He's not choosing to end his life, he's choosing to allow it to end. Important difference.
  • 27 1
 Valid point.
  • 27 0
 I felt the same with the title
  • 17 0
 One important thing I took from this is most places you can sign a do not resuscitate order.
In the event you meet with a horrible accident or ? you have let your wishes be known.
My son had terminal cancer and had signed one so he didn't wake up and have to deal with the horror that his life had become.
Rest in peace Michael
  • 5 0
 agreed, artificial elongated life is different from simply "not wanting to live anymore"
  • 10 0
 @Yaan: I'm so sorry about your son
  • 4 0
 @Yaan: Agreed, heart goes out to regarding your son. A living will is a sort of more sophisticated DNR, in that you can legally specify the conditions upon which you're allowed to pass away. There is a fine, seemingly impossible line we seek to find in these matters...
  • 211 2
 heart wrenching stuff but understandable in his situation. Very eloquently written. Thoughts and prayers with all.
  • 11 0
 So sad that, with this level of communication, they still deemed him "mentally incapacitated". smh... Good luck, Michael. We wish you the best.
  • 179 1
 Teared up reading that.. I can only imagine what going through all that is like...A beautiful mind stuck inside a prison.
  • 10 0
 tapped upvote and it assigned downvote - nothing but respect to your comment.
  • 144 4
 This should be eye-opening to our medical culture in the US. Instead of continuous suffering while keeping the body alive in a terminal case, people should have the ability to leave with dignity.

He essentially wrote his own eulogy and was able to take control of his life. To those that know him, this post is extremely valuable. I can only imagine that reading this gives those people relief knowing that he had such an admirable perspective of his life. He was content with what he had accomplished and left with pride. I don’t think we could ask for much more.

Rest easy, Michael.
  • 16 5
 one person's ceiling is another person's floor. to each.... euthanasia is okay. ride in peace.
  • 17 59
flag JohanG (Nov 5, 2019 at 18:35) (Below Threshold)
 Your swipe at the "medical culture" in the US is ill informed. It's a complex subject and is best not approached smugly.
  • 22 7
 @JohanG:
Can you explain your criticism rather than insult me?

I think you should take your own advice and not approach my comment smugly.
  • 7 2
 @JohanG: It is more complex than it needs to be.

The ethicists, attorneys and others who stand to benefit (play God?) make it so.
  • 7 0
 @kabanosipyvo: it's the same everywhere really. Laws are made to protect medical professionals from having to do something that goes against the ethos of their profession, which is understandable to a degree. The problem is, we need to establish a way out for these poor people without forcing the average doctor to euthanize people. It wouldn't be that hard to implement a system of special care institutions and professional personell, it's just that no politician will ever touch the subject as it will backfire 100% even if it is the right thing to spark a discussion about it. There's no lobby for these matters and as the average Joe will rather ignore these things as long as they're not impacting ones own life, most likely nothing will change. That's the sad reality of things. We as a society don't like to talk about death and rather like to ignore it as much as possible.
  • 108 0
 I'm sitting here with a broken neck, same vertebra as Michael, plus one on either side. But I got super lucky and didn't damage the spinal cord, so I'll be back in action. Super sobering, and a reminder to live life well as we won't be around forever. Respect & RIP sir.
  • 99 6
 I'm a drink a cold tall beer for this motherfucker right here, hell yea brother, ride that last storm in peace. 6 years like this, mad respect in having the insight and wisdom to at least give it a try and still grow from it. And Thank you to the person that posted this.
  • 14 1
 Hell yea motherf*cker (*teary eyed bro fist pump)
  • 38 0
 Took a few goes to get through that......utterly heartbreaking yet beautifully written. Utmost respect to you and your decision. Peace.
  • 38 1
 Scumbags live to a healthy old age and fine people end like this. Sometimes real life is horrible.
  • 33 0
 An incredibly brave decision to make. May you find peace.
  • 25 0
 Anyone who takes the risk/gamble of starting a business is amazing in my book. The idea that you succeeded and created something so profound and an industry icon (Orange Cycles) could be the best thing imaginable. You put your stamp on the world in your time here and it will live on long after you depart. Sad to see you go.
  • 18 0
 So much love and respect for Michael. I am honored to have known him personally and worked with him and the foundation he set up to help. I am moved by his choice and the bravery of it. I only hope I am as brave as time comes for myself. I am a better human for the time I have spent with Michael and have a deeper love of life as such. I appreciate all he has done for cycling and all of our mutual friends out there. Michael, your soul will forever belong to us all. Leave us with love and knowing we honor you just as you have honored us all. My friend, we all love you. -David
  • 12 0
 Ride in peace, sir.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
  • 12 0
 Complete respect for you and an eloquent way you chose to say good bye... I hope you find the peace you want. I guess you won’t read this but thank you for all the good times I had with my orange bikes over the years.
  • 9 0
 What a terribly sad story but 100% respect for the decision he is making. I'm glad that he was able to find a way to go on his own terms. In many places the laws would not allow such a thing. For someone in his condition, who literally has no control over anything, I'm sure he found alot of peace in knowing that he had control over this final decision.
  • 9 0
 A hard decision to make but I have ultimate respect for the man. Leaving on your own terms has to be easier than prolonging the inevitable and seeing the drain on those around you. Thank you for all you did for the British bike industry. Rest in peace.
  • 9 0
 “...These bodies we live in, and the ego that identifies with it, are just like the old family car. They are functional entities in which our Soul travels through our incarnation. But when they are used up, they die. The most graceful thing to do is to just allow them to die peacefully and naturally – to “let go lightly.” Through it all, who we are is Soul . . . and when the body and the ego are gone, the Soul will live on, because the Soul is eternal....” - Ram Dass

Peace Michael, a very brave soul indeed
  • 8 0
 It's been a while since we last spoke Michael - but my, and countless others, enduring respect for you will never falter. Our long chats and your empathy towards my disability - when yours was far, far worse - was a defining trait of your character. Kind, strong, humble and a dry sense of humour. You can leave safe in the knowledge that the positive impact you had on many lives will never be forgotten. You most definitely have not gone gentle into that good night. Godspeed.
  • 10 0
 Peace be with you and your family. See you on the next time around... Salute
  • 11 0
 Ride in Peace brother.....I hear heaven built a replica of Aptos.
  • 9 0
 Total respect; everyone deserves the power and dignity to choose how they want to live their life...or not.
  • 8 0
 That was a tought read but I'm glad he can decide for himself. RIP, big man, my Alpine will always put a smile on my face. Thanks.
  • 6 0
 Thankyou Michael. Love, respect, happy trails.
I don't think anyone could argue that this is simply the right thing - Michael has fought enough.
It's his life and, therefore, this is (and should always only be) his choice, his call.
  • 8 0
 That’s some heavy shit, but 100% commendable for making it this far. Take solace knowing it will be over soon.
  • 5 0
 There is not a lot to say that hasn't been said by others in the comments. That was tough to read but was nothing compared to what he has been through. I completely understand his choice and I would want the same thing. The one thing I can not and will never understand is the negative props on any comments so far. Nothing has been said that deserved that. if you have a different faith or no faith you should at least be able to respect someones faith and not get give negative props simply for saying they pray for them.
  • 5 0
 I hope the "public" aspect of this case is a small step in the direction of the final great personal freedom; deciding for yourself when to check out.
Chilling and beautiful at the same time. I can't imagine what goes on in the head of someone like that.
  • 5 0
 Ive never heard of this guy before, but here I am, reading his letter and tearing up at my desk. Glad he will finally have the relief he has wanted for the last 6 years and glad he is finally able to make the choice that is best for him and his family.
  • 5 0
 Whoa - this is heavy. A close friend of mine chose to end his life this past August due to ALS and I can't imagine how difficult of a decision it was for him and his family. Much respect to you, Mr. Bonney.
  • 4 0
 One of the more powerful things I have ever read. Not many are faced with that kind of suffering. To have pushed through for so long is a testament to his strength. I cannot fathom being faced with the decision to take my own life or to continue to live in immense suffering while requiring constant support from all angles. It seems like he has given a lot to the industry. What a great mind. Godspeed Michael.
  • 5 0
 The bravest of decisions, beautifully written -I am certain will help many people understand the implications of such injury’s. You deserve the peace that you are looking for. Thank you
  • 4 0
 So much respect for his decision and if faced with a similar situation i would want the same!. So important to allow a person to choose how they want to live but as importantly how they want to die. My though go out to him and his family for a strong & personal decision. Respect!!
  • 4 0
 A very frank and heartfelt statement from one of the most respected figures in the biking industry. Much respect to Michael and sympathies to his wife and family. It brings home the issue of serious injury or illness. I lost my mother to Stage 4 secondary cancer in August 2015, after she was diagnosed in May that year. She declined taking any drugs other than for pain relief in the remaining weeks, because medication would only prolong the suffering. Unfortunately, my dear father didn't have the opportunity to choose, having been stricken by Parkinsons and then Lewy Body Dementia, so when he passed away in November 2016, he was barely a shell of his former self, a prospect that would have broke his heart.
  • 4 0
 Sorry for you loss, I lost both my parents in a similar way. My mother to bowel cancer in 2011 aged 60 and my father to dementia this year aged 67. Watching them both deteriorate was the hardest thing I have ever witnessed. I hope I don't go the same way, I would hate to have my kids see me go that way.
  • 4 0
 We will rise a glass to Michael and the Orange brand that remains a stalwart in the mtb industry. wow...I am so moved by his farewell letter, gonna go out and do a ride to celebrate this man and his integrity.
  • 6 0
 i actually cant put into words what reading hat post did to me,,,RIP Michael
  • 3 0
 Thanks for writing that all out. This is tough but your message makes us realize that ever since that accident 6.5years ago you already couldn't be yourself anymore. You couldn't live the way you were supposed to. It makes it easier to respect your decision. Strength to you and all those you hold close. Peace.
  • 4 0
 Brave and beautifully written. Everyone should have the chance to go with this dignity if they wish. There's not a suitable way to end this comment, but hope there is peace to be found for all involved.
  • 4 0
 Massive respect for a man with that kind of courage.
May your passing be easier than the last 6 1/2 years of living have been and may your loved ones find peace and celebrate your life.
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 Peace. We all only have a short ride in this life, full of ups and downs. The ride will end for us all someday. Hopefully we've made some smiles along the way.
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 I like to think I'd have done the same, but to be honest I don't know that I could have waited as long as he did. Sometimes you wonder, but here it's such a clear-cut case. RIP dude.
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 I'm not crying, you're crying. RIP and Godspeed. May you shred the singletrack with so many of our recently passed on two-wheeled brothers out there (Mcgazza, Smith, Lund, etc.)
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 I hadn't cried in years until just now. such a hard read, but the upmost respect for making it this far, thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family. Rest in peace
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 Your words touched all of our souls deeply, I've never cried for hours at a time for someone that I never met before, and it pains me that I couldn't alleviate your suffering in some way. what I'm feeling transcends the boundaries of language. Please remember you are not alone, you are loved, and you will not be forgotten. Rest in peace my brother.
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 Don't know the guy, but I respect his attitude. I also like how he used the word celebrate. The honesty, authenticity, acceptance of perceptions of reality that things are not all fine for you, makes his gratitude and insights seem much more powerful. Too bad such traits are seen as weaknesses in society, though I suppose it'd lead to much depression and conflict if people were too frank...
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 A sad but inspiring read, not 2 years ago i watched my brother slowly fade and pass from cancer, the last 6 months of his life were horrendous, he said he wished he could end it but unfortunately had to let it run it's course, a time i will never forget. I admire your decision Michael , loved ones will too. Huge respect.
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 Cried for at least an hour last night after reading this. First thing i did this a.m. was read it again. Crying even harder now. May God give me the wisdom to keep perspective every day, of what life means. Discouraging how i let little problems affect me and waste precious time on petty inconveniences.
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 Thats a tough read but a worthwhile one. I’m sat enjoying a curry and beer and i raise my glass to Michael and also in recognition that we have but one life to enjoy. RIP.
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 A man among boys Much love for your family good sir.
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 Really terribly sad. Take nothing for granted. Peace Michael.
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 You are a brave blessed SOUL! Our bodies are strictly our vehicles this time around, your soul can NEVER perish! Time does not exist and we will all be together again in a instant! Love you and your family!
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 I don’t feel pity ,cause You could taste life ,the bad the good times ,sadness,happiness,all most of the things except maybe a phew ,but most of people do ,so maybe it’s not the end but maybe (and I hope so for many people ,and some didn’t have the time to do anything just fade away too young)a new beginning,lucky you are to say farewell,to the people you love and they can say that back ,cause most don’t,and that leaves a big hole in your heart ,my respect to you.
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 What time we all have left sifts through our fingers with unapologetic grace, scoring our skin with marks of pain, laughter and triumph. This is a wonderful journey we are all on, one we share with our family's, friends and loved ones. To everyone out there tonight, ride on!!!
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 Mad respect to Michael for taking to the time to write this as he’s in the final stages of moving to the next life. Most people who are living completely normal lives don’t even take the time to thank those around them, let alone somebody who has endured what this man has. I hope I get to ride with you on the other side brother. RideInPeace (“RIP”).
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 I don't have an Orange bike but now every time I will see one, I would remember Michael and his wonderful journey in life. Ride in peace brother.
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 My father made the same decision after 11 months of his body shutting down cause by ALS. I learned a lot and this last words from Michael Bonney explain precisely what is the difference between suicide and letting life end because life cannot be supported anymore. Best to who survived Michael, it sure sounds he was made of special fabric. Rest in peace.
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 A fear that everyone who rides must respect that chances are taken, and it could be any of us making the same decision. I don't even know this guy, never heard of him til now, but find myself incredibly moved by his story and final decision. In death there if life, and the afterworld awaits you Michael. May God be with you now.
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 What a beautiful human he must’ve been. Didn’t know him but simply based on the little we’ve been allowed to see here it shines through. Perspective taking on so many levels. Thanks PB, Orange bikes and you Mr. Bonney for sharing this.
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 "My first words when brought out of sedation were “turn the life support off”, with no advance directive they wouldn’t do that, I tried again after 3 months but was deemed not to have mental capacity."
Geezus, the man was trapped in a prison with the keys right there on the other side of the bars just outside of arms reach. I understand protocol, but damn. I'm glad you were finally able to do what was best for you. RIP.
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 May you find peace and may your loved ones find solace in that peace.
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 I'm grateful for this letter, it is very good.
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 Heart wrenching read. Absolute respect to Michael.
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 Thank you for sharing Michael , all the love in the world going your way brother .
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 Courageous and thoughtful. Godspeed and rest easy Micheal. Condolences to friends and family xo
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 So hard to read. White emotional over here. Providing perspective and earning respect. Rest in peace , brave string man right there.
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 tears. Godspeed. no words.
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 Gripping post! It really hits home for me. I almost ended up in the same situation after braking C1 and C2 going OTB. I wholeheartedly agree with this man, and he's not ending his life, he's letting nature take it's course. I don't think I would have made it 6 years. I was a total asshole after being bed ridden for 3 months. My heart goes out to this man. God bless him, and hope to meet him on the other side.
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 Rest in peace on your journey. Thank you for fighting, thank you for your words, thank you for everything.
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 Its crazy to think how close we are to a life changing crash every second that we are out there doing what we love.
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 This is pretty tough to read, but he is a beautiful and brave soul. May we all learn to come to terms with our truth as it serves to benefit all of those closest to us, however difficult it may be.
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 That is a tough decision to make. If I were in his shoes I would do the same. It is an honorable thing and a human right to be able to go out on your own terms and decide to not be a burden to your loved ones.
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 Thank you for your inspiration Michael, you have made me realise how lucky I am . If I can show just a fraction of your determination then I will be happy . Every time I go out on my bike I will think of your fight to beat the odds. Ride in peace .
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 Not really sure how to react to this, other than full support for this mans brave and intensely personal decision. A very difficult read to be sure, but as a fan of Orange bikes since the begining i felt its the least i could do. What a brilliantly clear and completely honest. I understand. Godspeed to you Mr. Bonney, I just lost some one very very special to me from ALS last month sadly, a terrible disease with a similar final result,... the lungs stop working. I'm still struggling mightily with it. Prayers to your loved ones and partner to have the strength to get past the grief and sadness and celebrate your life, loves, and professional passion from the best of times as every one would have wanted to continue without this horrid accident. Bless you.
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 Peace be with you. Losing someone is the absolute pits.
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 @Jaguar83:
thank you very much.. i really appreciate your comment

and yes,...it most certainly is.

E.
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 I read about this tragical and yet somehow beautiful finishing story of Mike, and come down to the comment section to read of people who have family members go through similar wishes. Mike and his wife and orange have somehow touched an emotional part of me, that I caught my self tearing up reading Linzi's letter. If you are going through similar situations like Linzi, I wish you strength. I really do.
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 It is my privilege to have had the pleasure of knowing you, initially through my roll in the SDA, and then as a friend. Your generosity, kindness, and warmth were unending and spread out across the biking community and beyond. You motivated generations of riders through the incredible prizes you donated to the SDA. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. R.I.P. (Ride in peace) Michael.
Deepest Condolences, Peter Pollock
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 Rest easy Michael Bonney.
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 Will ride on in memory. Peace be with you.
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 Not easy to read, one day you may have to decide yourself. huge respect & rest in peace Michael
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 That's heavy. Good on you mate. Thank you for eveything.
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 R. I. P Michael, that was some read. You are a truly great man, peace be with you and your family
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 What an amazing person. Took all I had to read this. Dude has a beautiful mind and will be missed. Ride in Peace
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 RIP Brother, your family and friends have it from here , and you dam sure have my respect.
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 that's a tough read. so long and thanks for what you've done for bikes!
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 Tough decision I'm sure, but no doubt I would do the exact same thing. That's no way to live physically, and the mental games must be even worse. Soon enough you'll be enjoying some road/mtb miles in the next journey!
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 Wow. Heavy. Thank you for posting this...I would have never known about it otherwise, and it really had a profound impact on my day... Well, Michael, here's to you brother.
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 RESPECT. This touched me. Next time I ride my Orange I will do it with him and his family in my thoughts. Useless, but human.
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 "Spend most of the day with eyes shut trying to pretend that I am somewhere else..." wow!

Ride in peace Michael !
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 MB- I bet you’re going to run like the wind when you get there, Straight through the gates and keep going till you can’t take another step, I’m excited for you Michael. Love and strength to you and yours,
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 This letter, the articles on stevie smith and jordie have been the saddest articles i have ever read. I hope everyone finds peace.
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 I thank you for sharing this with us, its impacted me greatly and inspired me to live larger. I pray you find Jesus in all of this, He love's you more than you can imagine Michael.
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 Wow. I never heard of him before this article, but my respect for a man I'll never know is off the charts...... Don't wait to say tomorrow what you want to say today. RIP Michael.
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 RIP....Thoughts and prayers to his family. Hopefully there are bikes in whatever comes next
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 May you be blessed with Love on your journey and find peace now.
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 Brave man. Godspeed on your journey.
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 RIP Brave man, ride on in heaven!
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 Tough decision to be made. Prayers for you and Linzi. Rest peacefully.
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 Brave man.
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 SCI's are just the worst injuries ever. God Speed Michael.
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 Godspeed. This was incredibly powerful to read.
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 thanks for everything you've done for bikes mate
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 That was a great read, ride in peace Michael
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 Nobody deserves to go through that. I hope that you and your family find peace
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 I am glad I read this. It really puts a lot of perspective in life. May you ride in peace.
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 May God Keep you close to Him for all of Eternity in Paradise!
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 God speed and thank you for such personal yet universal insights. Super fkn sad.
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 Mad respect my friend , may you Rest In Peace and your body Made whole in the next life
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 Thanks for sharing. It was a hard read. RIP. Hope to see more advances in spinal cord injury. I hope the public and private sector are working hard on this.
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 Incredible bravery. Hard honesty. Love to your friends and family. A hard road travelled.
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 Truly gut wrenching. So sad to read the last words of someone’s life. Knowing they have reached their end. Rest. Be free of this pain.
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 Thank you for sharing your difficult journey with us Michael. There is so much strength in your words. Thank you.
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 Absolutely heart wrenching to hear, wish you the best in this final Chapter of life, you’ve done well.
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 You r a legend just for hanging in this long. I can't imagine what it would be like not being able to do anything. You go now and shred some gnar in the heavens.
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 So long, reading your letter was a pain, I get also very disappointed when they claimed for you mental incapacity, then I read this! R.i.p Michael.
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 This was the best thing Ive read in a long time. Im in awe of your strength Michael. I hope your next phase repays you for the last.
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 Wishing you peace. You have shown incredible strength in tragic circumstances and should be very proud. Thoughts with you and your family and friends.
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 Big love to his wife, family, and friends. What a difficult journey it must have been for all those involved...hopefully he has found comfort beyond his broken body.
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 The heaviest. RIP Michael Bonney. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande is a great book on palliative care and how we can think about the end of our lives.
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 Peace be with you..
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 All the good luck on your way
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 May God bless you and everyone who loves you
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 Thanks for everything you have done for cycling. ????????????????
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 Oh dear. No attempt to add an emoji to a PB comment from a mobile device goes unpunished.
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 Hope it ends painlessly man! Rest in peace!
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 You will ride again! Peace for you and your family.
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 What does the abbreviation sci mean?
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 Spinal Cord Injury
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 Spinal cord injury
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 Ride in peace
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 Ride in peace
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 Respect...
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 I'll raise a pint in your honor tonight. Go forward to the peace you deserve.
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 Much love and respect for your decision and for sharing it.
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 Ride in peace, brother.
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 peaceful journey, brutha.
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 Go in peace my peace my dude.
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 Dang, I’m sorry. Shred the prognar in the netherworlds friend!
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 Rest finally.
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 Godspeed, sir, and rest in peace.
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 Respect
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 Rest in peace fellow rider.
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 Peace, Michael. I have nothing buy respect for you.
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 Genuinely hard to read and respond to. Ride in peace, brother.
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 Thank you and thank you for the Patriot. You changed the game.
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 A hard read but Respect, Stronger then he knows making this decision !
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 A new world of wonder and riding awaits. Rail it brother. Peace.
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 Heart wrenching letter, but totally worth a complete read! May he forever ride in peace now!
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 I salute you and congratulate you postumely Michael, go in peace brave warrior...
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 That was a hard read, incredible perspective and an amazing outlook. Gratitude in all things.
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 May you ride freely in Peace brother.... Thank you for your contributions in helping this sport progress????????
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 On his own terms, with Grace. RIP rider.
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 Thanks PinkBike for posting this. So eloquently written. May Michael have a wonderful journey to where ever comes after.
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 Michael's dream of nettle stings makes me well right up. What could be a more powerful reminder to embrace what you have?
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 "I dreamt of my hands and legs being stung by nettles as I rip down the trail" - this...... RIP Mike
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 Thoughts and prayers for him and his family
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 Heavy stuff... thought and prayers.
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 R.I.P. Brother
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 Respect and thank you.
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 Tough.
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 When in doubt... ride it out.
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 Kek
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 ❤❤❤
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 I would do the same given the situation.
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 this is just so desperately tragic.
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 Godspeed/Condolences to all involved. Heartbreaking.
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 Rest well Michael.
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 Heartbreaking story, big respect for you. Stay strong Michael
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 cant even begin to know how hard this is, no words.
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 very sad article, rest in peace
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 Blessings to you, Michael. RIP.
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 RIP Michael, Fly high Legend
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 He'll never be forgotten....safe passing dude
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 Peace and love . Ride in paradise
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 Hard to read, but important to read it. Powerful.
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 Goodbye Michael goodbye ...
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 Rest in peace you legend. The community hopes the best for your family.
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 Ride in peace man. You are missed.
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 Respect, ride in peace brother
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 Mercy on you brother. KIA KAHA
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 Sad! However, we're all members to this club!
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 You’ve left the world a better place.
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 raise your glasses... Frown
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 We will all ride together in a great place one day. RIP
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 Hard one to read. Rest in Peace!
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 Brave man! Rest in peace Michael
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 Prayers to the family and friends.......
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 RESPECT. Nothing but love to his family and friends.
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 Strong words, thanks Michael
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 R.i.P. Michael Bonney!
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 Speechless
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 Total respect , Godspeed
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 Go well sir
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 Be you in peace brother
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 Rip, wow fair credit.
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 RIP Michael
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 ❤️❤️
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 RIP with much respect
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 ........................
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 Ride in Peace Mike x
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 I’m bawling
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