Will Olson Memorial Fund

Aug 5, 2015
by Pinkbike Staff  
Will Olsen.

Donate Here - gofundme.com/5d5d5dqc6k

From the GoFundMe page:

bigquotesThis is for our lost friend and competitor Will Olson. Please donate any amount to help his family, fiance' and with any funeral costs they will incur during this tragic time. We got your back Will! God Bless you bro!



39 Comments

  • + 95
 Thank you for posting PB staff!
  • + 56
 Is there any info on Will and his family in the articles released? I'm finding it difficult to determine what financial contribution I deem suitable given the limit of my means, not knowing the limit of theirs...
  • + 52
 @rob043 I'm not sure why you are getting negative props here for your comment. I don't think the question you asked was in any way out of line. With the internet and social media these days, people are very quick to spread these stories and set up these type of gofundme pages which people are very quick to donate (bless them for that). But I think what you asked was completely valid. Without any real info or background how do you really know there is a real need? How do you know the guy didn't have a life insurance policy that is already due to pay his family a large payout? How do you know if he or his fiance didn't come from a well off family who would not have any issue covering the expenses of a funeral service? Were these any kids involved? etc.

Now I'm not saying that any of this applies here, I'm just saying that for the most part, people in the Pinkbike comments didn't know who this man was 3 days ago and have no idea what his situation was. And that asking that question before donating should not get someone negative props here. Most people do not have endless resources these days and I'm sure would like to make sure any money they donate is going to someone who truly needs it.
  • + 5
 That was an awesome article and done very well!
  • + 2
 The linked article was very good; I feel it should be linked to the main portion of this page. I think some people feel as though discussing anything about a persons death is taboo and as such you all too often run across posts like this with almost 0 real information. Thank you @bgrymes
  • + 1
 Jesus, approximately an hour of CPR.
  • + 1
 No problem @ninjatarian, happy to help.
  • + 14
 May you have a never-ending smile on that never-ending single-track. You "Will" be missed.
  • + 11
 I had never heard if Will until the bad news broke. As a fellow mountain biker who lives for this sport it's difficult news to take that someone has died for this sport, albeit it's a reminder of the risks we take for the enjoyment we seek. RIP Will and your family who's thoughts are in my mind.
  • + 10
 This is a very nice initiative to help other people in need, it's good to see the generosity of the mtb community. However, I can't help but think about average people whose death will remain silent because they were just some man or woman working in a shop or restaurant. There is countless of families living difficult times after loosing a family member due to various health problems, road accidents, crimes and so on. I prefer to support an organization that will help people in need regardless of who they are rather than helping for this specific tragedy. Or support politics that will help people in need. That being said, this is just me and I hope that this family will benefit from this help. I just whished that all other families would benefit the same help, which is not the case. Congrats to pinkbike for leaving aside the business and support a cause.
  • + 7
 I fully support the efforts of friends to support his family, but has anyone vetted this gofundme? I know in the wake of of tragedies despicable people who have no connection to the people in need will prey on the generosity of others who want to help and set up fake fundraising pages. I doubt that is the case here, but I just wanted to make sure. Can a few people with first-hand connection to Dee Tidwell please reply here? I just want to make sure my donation gets in the right hands.
  • + 13
 Dee is a local shredder in the Colorado community, and was at the race. I assume you can rest assured.
  • + 9
 Yep, Dee is legit. Trainer for team Yeti in the USA and sponsor/supporter of the BME and friend of Will. Fixed up my cramping hamstring after racing on Friday in CB too!
  • + 6
 Nothing more heartbreaking than someone losing their life doing what they love. Sounds like he was surrounded though by fellow riders trying to help him get back on his bike. Keep on shreddin' Will, wherever you may be!
  • + 9
 All the best to family and friends of Will... R.I.P
  • + 9
 Donated.
  • + 4
 Me too Smile
  • + 6
 Donated...took 2 minutes.. Thank you pinkbike community. My condolences to friends , family and fiancee.
  • + 2
 Thank you, everybody, for your incredible kindness and sympathy... Will's family and I have been so moved by the outpouring of love and support we have received in the wake of Will's accident. He was a soul rider who loved being on his bike, and being part of this community, almost more than anything. I can't begin to tell you how many times he bored me to tears saying "Baby! Come see this [video clip, article, photo, gear] on pinkbike!" He would never believe he would one day be a subject of conversation on the site. Some people have posted some (completely fair) questions regarding his personal life, his family, and various other details. I wanted to offer that anyone is welcome to contact me to learn more about Will, there is also heaps of info and photos publicly available on FB - I would be happy to answer whatever questions I can. I also understand some of these sentiments - if Will hadn't been such a badass mountain biker, would his death have made such waves in the world? I can't say - I can only speak for my world, which will never be the same again. What I can say, is that despite the fact that Will and I have never been ones to publicize our personal or romantic lives, it has been an incredible source of joy to share Will with the world, actually. I can only hope that our story, heartbreaking as it is, can serve as a reminder to everyone to live life to the fullest, follow your passions, appreciate the shit out of everything that surrounds us, and love the one you're with - fully, completely, and proudly... Thank you again. Peace and love from Will's girl, Bonnie McDonald (bonnie_cbc@yahoo.com)
  • + 1
 I'm so sorry, I also forgot to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Pinkbike and the organizers of this fund... You are incredible. I hope to find/connect with you personally in the coming days. You're amazing... Heartbreakingly beautiful... xo, Bonnie
  • + 2
 Just an idea but would it be possible to gather some video footage of the guy riding his bike so we can put together an edit that could be sold to help the family. Maybe friends could share some stories. I am only thinking this because it seems a shame that this guy loved his chosen sport and we only see his name now as the guy who died at a race as this is the first time some of us would of heard of him. And it would be much nicer for his memory to be able to be put to his edit. I really hope that sounds right as I am not good with words.
  • + 5
 Donated, really easy everyone should donate what they can! R.I.P Will
  • + 5
 Donated also. Thanks for this PB and RIP Will Thrill.
  • + 1
 Donated.... I was there racing this weekend and understand how important it is that we look out for one another in the backcountry. In Will's honor I am attending a WFR class in December. I want my fellow riders to be able to count on me in the future.
  • + 3
 I've never donated to a crowd funding type thing before but I did this time. RIP fellow rider.
  • + 1
 Same here. Crested Butte is a long way from home for me. But our passion is without boundaries or borders.
  • + 4
 Yes, thanks for giving us the opportunity to give and support his family!
  • + 3
 RIP Will. Thank a lot Pinkbike for the article.
  • + 2
 Thoughts to you and love to the ones you left behind. Ride that back wheel forever brother
  • + 1
 Just donated, Ride in peace Will, I will ride stage 1 in Spain in your memory, and I'm sure you will be smiling down on us saying go on guys "send it".
  • + 4
 RIP✌️
  • + 1
 is is possible without a VISA card ? looks not Frown Frown
  • + 1
 RIP brother... Frown See you on the other site...
  • + 1
 Done, from another family that chooses life on two wheels.
  • + 1
 Donated
  • + 1
 Done and done.
  • + 1
 Donated.
  • + 0
 Did he have kids?

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