Mark Reynolds - accident killed bike racer

Apr 25, 2008
by Jordan Holmes  
An autopsy conducted Monday revealed that Mr. Reynolds suffered fatal injuries in the accident, deputy coroner Thomas Jenkins said. Initial reports that Mr. Reynolds, an amateur racer, may have suffered a medical problem before he crashed were incorrect.

The accident happened near the finish line of the downhill course which, according to race organizers, contains "a great mix of jumps, turns, pedaling sections and hi-rev speed traps" and "rewards racers who demonstrate fitness, precision handling, braking and pedaling skills."

In the downhill race, cyclists compete one at a time against the clock, and the course usually takes 2 1/2 to 3 minutes to negotiate.

Mr. Reynolds was racing in the amateur category for 40- to 49-year-old men and had competed in past years, said Frank Yohannan, president of the Sea Otter Classic.

"We're deeply saddened," Yohannan said. "Mark was an avid cyclist who loved the sport and who was a mentor to a lot of kids. He was a wonderful representative of the sport of cycling."

According to Yohannan, hundreds of competitors raced on the course without incident, and the downhill route had been inspected and certified as safe. Mr. Reynolds, like all competitors, was wearing a helmet.

Mr. Reynolds, a software developer, was the inventor of the Dualrailleur Guide, a $125 plastic device that attaches to the front derailleur of a mountain bike and ensures smooth gear shifting under race conditions. He sold the device at biking events and by mail order from his home.

He was a native of Redwood City and a frequent cyclist in the Santa Cruz area. Fellow riders called him inspirational, devoted and helpful.

"He would make you feel like you could do anything on a bike," said his friend Kris Vantornhout. "He was such a gentle and beautiful soul."

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Mr. Reynolds was also a snowboarder, a golfer and an airplane pilot. His death is believed to be the first in the 18-year history of the Sea Otter Classic, which this year drew 45,000 fans to the four-day competition.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Margo Maida, of San Jose, and by a daughter, Kristin Reynolds, of Sunnyvale.

Plans for a memorial service are pending.

Complete story at: www.sfgate.com

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69 Comments
  • 32 0
 The Bikers Prayer
"When i die bury me deep
with my bike at my feet
and put my helmet on my head
so i can ride when i am dead"
RIP Bro
  • 13 0
 I was there ...

Sitting there at the top of the DH course waiting to race, I had no idea the hour long medical hold was for Mark of Wicked Racing. All the riders knew at the time of the accident was that someone went "limp" before the wooden bridge that swept left and went straight off. This was not a difficult section of the course by no means and was seconds from the finish line. Unconfirmed news of a heart attack traveled fast up the hill as my class was getting ready to race. Once home, I came up on the article through a Google search and my heart sank to my stomach when i saw the picture of Mark in front of the Wicked Racing logo. Mark had stopped by our shop in Santa Clara numerous times to collect feedback on his chain guides or whatever he happened to be happily tinkering with at the time. It was always rewarding and simply a pleasure to talk to someone so genuinely thoughtful and concerned with what you had to say. You gave back so much to so many who love to bike ... we will never forget!
  • 13 1
 This was surely a great man, Rest In Peace, so sad that great mans always have to leave this way...
  • 14 0
 Ride In Peace bro...
  • 14 1
 sorry to hear it. RIP
  • 11 1
 It's hard to understand stuff like this when you see people taking huge crashes and walk away. Very sad. Condolences.
  • 7 0
 Mark was one of the coolest guys I have met in a long time and his passing saddens me. I got to go ride for him yesterday, I suggest you all do the same. A great guy that will be dearly missed. RIP, Mark.
  • 8 0
 Proper shame, message to all us riders wear your helmet and pads, no 1 is invincible
  • 5 0
 You just never know. I broke my tib-fib on an all-mountain trail at Syncline last year that I usually just bomb down without even thinking about it. All it takes is one little loose rock, a slick root at just the wrong angle, that little 3 foot drop you always considered a "nothing drop," etc. You just can't ever take it for granted. Ever. As stated before, at least he was doing what he loved.

Safe travels to you from this world to the next, Mark. Rest in peace.
  • 5 0
 It's not about how he died, it's about how he lived and what he gave back not only to the biking community, but also to those close to him, those he loved and treasured the most; his family. Many happy memroies Reynolds family. May you be together at this great time of sorrow.
  • 12 4
 jesus, never heard of him but RIP...
  • 7 0
 this is why i found si patons joke a bit sick. things like this can really happen. RIP.
  • 3 0
 He will be missed, no doubt. The man was awesome. God Speed my friend. He did go with honor and in the eyes and tradition of the true DH warrior. Few of us should be able to pass from this world to the next being so lucky to leave in such a way. To pass into the next doing our passion and to bring that passion and inspiration with us to the next adventure. We'll meet up again along with all of our fallen friends and family and rip the great single track together!
  • 6 1
 you know whats fucked up is I doubted this articles authenticity for a moment because of that stupid fake death report that pinkbike posted like a month ago. r.i.p
  • 6 0
 thats horrible Frown
at least he died doing what he loved
  • 7 3
 This truly as sad story, especially for his family. I had to read the whole thing to be sure this wasn't just another stupid stunt by pinkbike.
  • 4 0
 I talk to him about 5 min. before his run started, and he seemed just fine. He was a great rider and I don't know why e would have just fallen like that. RIP
  • 4 1
 this is horrible. I hate it how all these super nice guys, with families and real good character are getting killed. Whats up with that? I mean, there are plenty of murderers and bad people out there.
  • 5 1
 o jeeze, best wishes to his Family, at least he was doing something he loved eh...
  • 3 0
 sorry to hear that, scary thought tho u never think about dieing when ur on ur bike, i spose u can die doing pretty much anything but its still worrying. RIP.
  • 6 2
 at any given time, you just don't know. RIP man.
  • 5 1
 Life is short Frown I pray you.. RIP
  • 4 0
 love and best wishes to his family. RIP mate.
  • 3 0
 my condolences to the family, this guy seemed like the coolest software designer ever.
  • 3 0
 The nicest guy in the world. The bicycle community is worse off without him in it.
  • 2 0
 So sad to hear! At least he was doing something he loved, i know thats the way i'd want to go! I feel for the family. Rest in peace.
  • 4 0
 RIP.
  • 3 0
 thats horrible to hear/read, best wishes to his family and friends RIP
  • 3 0
 he has my respects.rest in peace.
  • 3 0
 Rest in peace, best wishes from Sweden!
  • 2 0
 Gosh, Rest in peace mate, Even wearing the full gear cant save you, wear pads and helmet always No ones Imortal....
  • 2 1
 Poor guy! Like huckoverduck said why is it all the good people ? When there are enough arseholes out there.

Rest in Peace DUDE
  • 3 0
 What a sad thing. My respect to his family.
  • 1 0
 man thats a terrible thing to have happen. i wonder if anyone got to him to help him out or did he pass on instantly... i hope for his sake he didnt suffer.
  • 2 0
 Frown makes me think twice about everything i do
"reach for the sky because tomorrow may never come"
  • 0 0
 not to make light of the situation but.... leatt neck braces can save a lot more than just the feeling in your legs. just lost a good riding buddy of mine back here in Kansas, terrible loss.
  • 1 0
 There is an account setup on wickedracin.com to help the family build a bike park in Mark's name. Hopefully we can all help them out in their time of need. RIP Mark.
  • 3 0
 Rip
  • 3 0
 Sorry to hear.. RIP
  • 2 0
 condolences......Rest In Peace.
  • 2 0
 Condolences to his family... rest in peace
  • 2 0
 wow i really feel bad for him and his family rip
  • 3 0
 R.I.P Make sad to hearFrown
  • 0 0
 man thats a terrible thing to have happen. i wonder if anyone got to him to help him out or did he pass on instantly... i hope for his sake he didnt suffer.
  • 0 0
 Let us not morne the loss of a great man, but rather thank God for giving us such a great man-if only for a short while. God bless you and your family,R.I.P
  • 2 1
 man that sucks i didnt know him but any biker is my friend rip and best wishes to the family
  • 2 0
 thats terrible. RIP....
  • 2 0
 really sad to hear . rip
  • 2 0
 RIP..
  • 3 1
 RIP
  • 2 0
 RIP. sorry to here Frown
  • 2 0
 real shame RIP
  • 2 0
 R.I.P x
  • 0 0
 Mark was awesome, he inspired me to go big, and now ive come along way in the year since ive met him.RIP
  • 1 0
 God bless you and all who knew you. Rest in Peace.
  • 0 0
 Respect's to the Reynolds family.
  • 0 0
 Dirty rotton thing to happen. Respect.
  • 0 0
 RIP. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.
  • 0 0
 hold on its a long ride up man RIP Much condolences, respect, love
  • 0 0
 Holly shit

Rip Mark Frown
  • 0 0
 RIP
  • 0 0
 So sorry make me relize a sore shoulder and possibly missing work is no big deal.
  • 0 0
 Omg this is terrible!







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