Even if you’re not an ultramarathon cycling enthusiast or fan, you should know the name Jure Robic. A Slovenian, he was best known for winning the Race Across America five times, as well as the Tour Directe. RAAM is of course the coast-to-coast event in which riders traverse the US in as little as eight days. The Tour Directe races the Tour de France course in approximately ten days. Competitors sleep as little as two hours a day in their deathmarch efforts.

Robic was a phenom: impossibly tough, indefatigable, fiery, and a true hard man. My friends at VeloNews have a post HERE detailing Robic’s death. Sad. Truly sad.

Rest in peace, Jure! If I only had half the stones you do, my friend!