Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 25, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Valverde takes maiden Giro stage win as Nibali falters, Kruijswijk consolidates GC lead; Seven talking points from the second week of the 2016 Giro d’Italia; What you need to know about the IOC’s Olympic anti-doping retests; British Cycling sends email warning to its riders; Degenkolb to Trek-Segafredo?; Sagan to Astana?; Dave Mirra: A Hero’s Death and CTE’s Arrival; True Temper to end bicycle tubing division; French police to bolster security for Tour de France; Fines for cyclists in new Australian road laws far outweigh motorists’; An Post Rás stage 2 highlights; Adam Phelan ; Drawing Peter Sagan

Dave Mirra: A Hero’s Death and CTE’s Arrival

by CyclingTips

A feature in ESPN The Magazine interviews the wife of BMX legend Dave Mira, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was subsequently diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Mira became the first action-sport athlete to be diagnosed with CTE which was previously associated with impact sports such as American football and hockey.

After retiring from BMX where he was a three-time X-Games gold medalist, he took up endurance bicycle events, such as triathlon. He was part of the team that won the 2014 Race Across America along with former pro Dave Zabriskie.

Here is an excerpt:

Dave’s wife, Lauren, received the diagnosis in March and is now speaking about it for the first time. She feels his presence as she walks though the home she and Dave built in Greenville, North Carolina. His bikes hang on the wall; his favorite quotes are cut into shelves above the bar. Then there’s the downstairs bathroom. One night two years ago, Dave interrupted a living room dance party with his daughters, Madison, now 9, and Mackenzie, 8, with an idea: They’d use paint pens to scribble on the bathroom’s black walls. They’ve since created a neon yearbook of notes and drawings.

I am thankful for my family, my friends, my school, Madison wrote. Hope anchors the soul. Hebrews 6:19, Lauren wrote. Go Big! Or take a nap! You didn’t get where you are by the path of least resistance, Dave wrote near a drawing of a BMX rider above a ramp. It’s Lauren’s favorite. “Dave didn’t take his life for granted,” Lauren says. “It was work hard, play hard, love with all you are and give to those in need. It was a lifestyle he was trying to instill in our girls.”

Throughout his life, Dave Mirra possessed an ability to reach into impossible spaces and create something new. In action sports, this is called progression: pushing to invent and improve upon what exists. In his death, Lauren believes her husband will continue to shape his sport’s future.

Click through to read more at ESPN The Magazine.