Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley


Posted by Matt | August 6, 2009 | 2 comments so far

I’ve just read over on the Fat Cyclist website that his wife Susan has finally lost her long battle with cancer. My heart goes out to Elden and his family and I’d like to extend my deepest sympathies; at the same time, they’re not alone.

We’ve all had experience of losing people far too soon. Sometimes, it comes with the sudden force of a sledgehammer, other times it’s heralded by the slow drip-drip loss of vitality. It’s difficult to take either way.

I have nothing to say that doesn’t sound trite. This news comes closer to home than many readers will realise – occassionally though, real life has to intrude on our mountain bike obsession. If there’s one thing I’m proud of it’s that our mountain biking community, both real and online is about more than the bike (to paraphrase Lance Armstrong).

With some of our fellow riders having had or currently experiencing their own issues over the past months it’s worth remembering what a strong group of buddies have formed over something so simple as riding a bike.

If you have a chance, take a few minutes to appreciate your loved ones; then, if you have a few minutes more, go out and ride. Simple things are important.

Filed under Lifestyle, Mutterings in August 2009


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

There are 2 comments on ‘Life’

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  1. Easynow Nick says:


    Close to home indeed.

    I was trying to think of something to say without it turning into a diatribe (Im not even sure thats the word Im looking for) but I gave up.

    Matt you have a way with words that allows you to say so much more than the actual words on the page.

    Everything you said above is just… very well said.


  2. Andy C says:

    Hear hear, Nick. Well said.

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