Dear Friends and fellow athletes,

It is with a very sad heart that I have to inform you that one of our team mates and good friends was severely injured last weekend at the Bikes on Broadway and as a result of his injuries he has been paralyzed from the chest down.

Brian Cale returned to racing road bikes after a long hiatus in cycling and career in the Canadian Military.  Brian raced in earlier years at a very competitive level and he worked extremely hard over the past year to get back to a level of form that would see him move up the ranks and race with panache. Brian entered the Saskatoon race last weekend with the goal of winning and he was second in the time trial by a margin of one second and the following day he crushed the road race and took first place. Sadly Brian entered the third stage and crashed hard with injuries that removed him from the race and has sent him on another path which is going to be tough one.  Brian is a generous individual and very supportive of the club and his team. Going forward Brian will need your emotional support and good wishes.

Brian was concerned about the impact of his accident, the extent of his injuries and how that would affect the club and the sport and today Brian has asked me to inform you and the cycling community of his accident.  If you know Brian please send your messages of support but please do not post on his Face Book page directly.

As athletes we live life to the fullest and our sport has inherent and calculated risks.  As Brian’s friend and #RMCCexpress team mate I ask that you race harder than you ever have and win for Brian.

“Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight. For the greatest tragedy of them all. Is never to feel the burning light.” ― Oscar Wilde

James Kendal

President, Rundle Mountain Cycling Club