In Memoriam: Zarja Černilogar

Aug 24, 2016 at 1:40
by Nathan Hughes  


IN MEMORIAM: Zarja Černilogar





With deep regret and great sympathy to all her many friends and family we must say a premature farewell to Slovenian mountain biker, Zarja Černilogar, who tragically passed away over the weekend following a non-bike related accident. The 26 year old Slovenian national champion and Unior Tools Team rider showed great promise on her bike, claiming 7 victories at the IXS cup races and multiple top ten finished at the world cups, whilst simultaneously studying for her masters degree in microbiology. Due to a wrist injury she had unfortunately missed out on a big part of the 2016 season, but was due for a return at the World Champs on her favorite track; Val di Sole. Anyone who knew Zarja can attest to what a great person she was, famed for her positivity, love of life and amazing sense of humour. She will be sorely missed by us all. R.I.P. Zarja.



First official UTT photo of Zarja photo by Anze Furlan
First official Unior Tools Team photo of Zarja. Photo by Anze Furlan.

Her last race was in Kranjska Gora Slovenian national DH championships where she took another title photo by Klemen Humar
Her last race was in Kranjska Gora for the Slovenian national DH championships where she took another title. Photo by Klemen Humar.



bigquotesThere are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't.

What you've got to do is turn around and say 'watch me'



Zarja Cernilogar (1989-2016)






121 Comments

  • 219 3
 2016 has been a great year for records and sporting moments, but also a terrible year for deaths. Rip Kelly Rip Zarja Rip Stevie Mountain biking has lost some terrific athletes this year. Hopefully this is the last. Ride In piece Zarja
  • 95 0
 2016 can be over now, we've all have had enough...
  • 63 1
 ...rip Mirra Frown
  • 52 0
 Monk*
  • 26 1
 RIP Jeff Archer
  • 28 0
 Rip monk dawg
  • 45 1
 Cost gravity park also just lost a builder. Maciek Glowacki. Another terrible loss
  • 20 0
 Not to forget Mark Dunlop, we lost him just in March
  • 19 0
 Simon from Hope also...rough year.
  • 7 1
 @gizmo11: No shit! This has to be the most tragic year for mountain biking I can remember since I started riding 16 years ago. Not just the pros but we've lost local trail building legends as well. As I get older makes me wonder if I should tame the heartbeat down a bit.
  • 15 0
 @m0dest: no way! Life is to be lived the way you live it. If you get what I mean. When mine stops it will be tame. Till then............
  • 7 0
 P.s. they ( you know who) wouldn't want anybody to slow down.
  • 21 0
 @m0dest: I'm 46 and I reckon my chances of cancer or heart disease far outweigh the risk than doing the sports I Iove (mountain biking and skiing). Life is there to be lived - so I won't be slowing down.
  • 11 5
 @gizmo11: RIP Harambe
  • 3 9
flag Austin-Smith (Aug 25, 2016 at 8:33) (Below Threshold)
 @gizmo11: RIP Harambe
  • 1 0
 @StackingItSince1991: 47...co-sign!! RIP!!
  • 9 0
 @RussellTinka: No shit!! I beat cancer about 5 years ago and as a result I got myself in better shape than I have been in 10 years. I don't see myself slowing down much but I often think...damn it I wish I was shuttling today.
  • 2 27
flag Narro2 (Aug 26, 2016 at 12:14) (Below Threshold)
 "2016 it's been terrible mi mi mi mi bu bu bu bu..." Stop the whining. It will keep happening it is part of life.
  • 3 0
 @Narro2: true death is inevitable but seriously be positive help remember all these people that we lost for their good qualities. Don't just blow it off and say 'everyones gonna die anyway' you may be next if you keep an attitude like that.
  • 3 19
flag Narro2 (Aug 26, 2016 at 13:25) (Below Threshold)
 @DylanDaSilva: i get your point man. But i Dont think being positive or negative here is the thing. An MTB celebrity died. Yeah it is bad. But is such death sufficiently trascendental that it Will affect lives of people over the internet? Is it bad enough to call 2016 a shitty year? Of course not. It us not bad enough to ruin my day nor yours i can assure you that.
I was a Big Steve smith fan btw.
  • 9 1
 @Narro2: I think you're missing the point. First of all, this an MTB website, so when someone from the MTB community passes away suddenly, we all grieve with them. No one can deny that there have been a considerable amount of deaths within our biking community this year. That is why we say what we do regarding 2016. Mourning is completely natural and if you were a Stevie Smith fan, then I'm sure you mourned his death as well, regardless of whether you consider it ruining your day or not. If it's not obvious to you from all of the comments on this post, people do care and you should show some respect for those lost as well as those in mourning. If you find yourself unable to sympathize, then do us all a favor and keep your mouth shut and your comments to yourself!
  • 2 13
flag Narro2 (Aug 27, 2016 at 8:54) (Below Threshold)
 @lobohusky: commenting on a friday night on a website, i think that pretty much sums it all.
  • 8 1
 @Narro2: actually it was Friday afternoon before leaving work. Catching up on my PB news after getting back from vaca. I see my point flew right over your head, way to stay ignorant.
  • 6 0
 @Narro2: Some of us work, have a life and kids Narro...or can we say Narrow minded. Get on man!...bad form to troll a post like this.
  • 91 5
 Ride in peace Zarja. Cycling sports lost some absolute heroes this year. She may not have been as famous as Stevie, but as a top rider (national champion) she deserves a similar tribute at the upcoming WC.
  • 7 0
 Sorry fat thumb pressed down I stead of up.... But I totally agree, RESPECT. Rip.
  • 4 0
 Same here, sorry aboutthat. 110% agree with you, tribute at vallnord. Rip Zarja, see you in bike heaven in due time
  • 76 0
 RIP. Only weeks ago this was one of her posts.
zarja_cernilogar Most people die at 25 and aren't buried until they're 75. - B" Frown
  • 5 0
 so true
  • 6 0
 Great find, Pirate. And a fitting tribute, of sorts.
  • 2 0
 True....keep living it till the end
  • 30 5
 2016 SUCKS!!
  • 23 0
 I had the chance to be on a stand with her in Sarajevo,Bosnia..It was my plesure to ride with her..Ride in Peace girl!
  • 16 0
 So sad year..Ride in Peace Zarja..
  • 5 0
 I urge anyone reading this to not just make plans or say "we should grab a beer someday", go and have the damn beer. You really, REALLY never know when it will be the last chance to grab one.
  • 7 0
 too young to go.... Ride In Peace Zarja
  • 7 0
 Ride in peace! Way too young....
  • 6 1
 Very sad news. Im absolutely lost for words by all the tragedies this year. Condolences to her family and friends and all whos lives she touched ......
  • 3 0
 Most people die at 25 and aren't buried until they're 75 - her post at facebook. After posting it, came, Life is beautiful.

She fell 20-30 meters, in the area close to ​​Mali grad in Kamnik .

No one cares these days.

It has been found that there is a missing person. Police officers continue investigation of the event, which takes place in the direction of establishing any suspicion of a criminal offence.
  • 12 5
 F*ck 2016
  • 5 0
 RIP... anyone know what happened?
  • 2 0
 She went to a festival or concert, not sure what exactly, then disappeared. they found her near castle walls or something but no detailed info on why and how.
  • 15 0
 Local reports say she was walking near the walls in an unmaintained and overgrown part of the castle, where it is hard to see the edge, and fell 20-30m.
  • 1 0
 @jakevw: Thanks guys, what a tragedy.
  • 3 0
 I don't know of any other sport that's losing athletes like this in one year. Kelly, Stevie, Mirra, Zarja. Hopefully this is it. What an awful waste.
  • 5 2
 wingsuit flying, 3 here in the last 2 weeks..Frown
  • 2 0
 @ad15: Where can I find news on this?
  • 1 0
 @hdeboissard: mmm it's not the sort of thing that's publicly published. Two of the three here in the valley have hit the news as they were very well known, the third was a young British lad not well known so didn't make the big news. If you're really wanting to know where all the info on base and wingsuit fatalities are collated then drop me a pm and I'll send you the link. Double figures for August wingsuit fatalities globally, hence being known as the wsks..
  • 11 2
 @ad15: With due respect to the deceased wingsuit flyers, most are courting death every time they fly. topgunbase.ws/wtf-are-we-really-doing
  • 2 1
 @mbl77: i know people that say the same thing about DH mountain bikers.. for me, it's actually VERY calculated and precise esp some of the guys i know here, however, urbex.... now THAT is courting with death... have a look on red bull TV, it's completely insane,

perception is a funny thing eh, I'm totally comfortable with wingsuit flying, yet i think the urbex lot need committing to institutions...they really are nuts...
  • 2 1
 Open wheel car racing is another sport that has been historically deadly during the sport like wing suit base jumping. Manchester United soccer club had a plane accident 1958. The Paul Bas injury is directly a result of our beloved MTB sport and I hope he gets back on his bike. Wingsuit flying should have a website that provides information on casualties and how they happen. So people can learn from past mistakes.
  • 2 0
 @SithBike: they do have a website for precisely that reason
  • 1 0
 @SithBike: Wingsuit flyers do have such a website, I can't remember the link though as it was a few years ago. The guy who told me about it also told me he lost something like 12 people in one year. Yet he was still jumping three times a day when he was home.
  • 1 0
 @mattwragg: so far 12 this month.. 28 this year...
  • 1 0
 @ad15:

can you post the link in any way pm mail
i love that spor
  • 2 1
 Keep in mind that out of those riders, only Kelly actually passed on a bicycle ride. It is a different story with wingsuit flying.
  • 5 0
 Terrible news, rest in peace zarja. you will be missed.
  • 5 0
 I wish I could fight 2016. Ride in peace sister..
  • 5 0
 Res super punca in škoda da je ni več med nami. Počivaj v miru Zarja.
  • 4 0
 Thank you for getting on covering this. She was doing big things and had an even bigger future.
  • 4 1
 We lost another great rider but heaven won one more. Best of wishes to family and friends.
  • 2 0
 So sad to know the world has lost possibly the only other downhilling microbiologist. RIP Zarja, you ripped it up! Respect for being a world cup rider while studying.
  • 2 0
 What a sad loss for the world. My condolences to her family and friends. Ride in peace, Zarja.
  • 2 0
 What a great loss, condolances goes out too her family and closest! Ride In Peace Zarja.
  • 2 0
 Please move forward and continue your live in the Nirvana we all dream of! RideOn!
  • 3 0
 It was a pleasure to know you Zarja, Ride In Peace Girl.
  • 3 0
 I'm starting to hate 2016 with passion. Farewell, Zarja.
  • 3 0
 RIP ZARJA !!!!!
  • 2 0
 SHRED IN PEACE young lady.
  • 1 0
 RIP Zarja. Great rider! Great Person. Yet another I was hoping to one day have a chat with.
  • 2 0
 Only the good die young. Ride in peace Zarja!
  • 3 0
 Fuck 2016
  • 2 0
 Zares žalostno. Iskreno sožalje družini in prijateljem.
  • 1 0
 An unusual and sad thing to happen. All the best to her family and friends. RIP Zarja.
  • 2 0
 IF ONLY life could be fair... hmmm sad
  • 2 0
 Such sad news. RIP x
  • 2 0
 Ride in Peace
  • 2 0
 RIP, sad news.
  • 2 0
 RIP
  • 2 0
 Ride in Peace
  • 2 0
 Another tragic loss.
  • 2 0
 Rip, too soon
  • 2 0
 RIP Frown
  • 1 0
 Everyday this year gets even more sour because of this RIP
  • 1 0
 So tragic....let this year be over already.
  • 2 0
 Ride in peace Zarja
  • 2 0
 RIP Zarja
  • 1 0
 Sending positive, loving, and healing vibes to friends and family.
  • 2 0
 This year Is fucked
  • 2 0
 Ride in peace
  • 2 0
 tragic
  • 2 0
 Ride in peace Zarja
  • 1 0
 What a tragic year for the cycling community. Ride in Peace, Zarja.
  • 2 0
 RIP Zarja...
  • 1 0
 rest in peace
  • 1 0
 Ride in Peace, Zarja.
  • 1 0
 Ride in Peace.
  • 1 0
 RIP..... Zarja
  • 1 0
 So unnecessary and sad!
  • 1 0
 Ride in Peace
  • 1 0
 RIP Zarja!
  • 1 0
 R.i.p. Zarja ????
  • 1 0
 R.I.P.
  • 1 0
 only the good die young
  • 1 0
 RIP ZARJA
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