Originally Posted by bluedreamcycle
The rider in question was an instructor for Team Oregon. His wife is also an instructor. He was a member of the BMW Riders of Oregon. I never met him but those I've talked to have stated he was a safe and cautious rider. Even the "Best of the Best" can have accidents. He will be missed.
I have avoided replying to this post for the last several days because of my closeness to this unfortunate ordeal and the fact that I did not feel comfortable discussing it on a public forum.
We laid Russ to rest this afternoon and began the healing process within the Team Oregon family. I had worked many courses with him and helped train him as an instructor some five years ago.
This man gave his heart and soul to the riders of Oregon weekend after weekend. Rider training was his passion. He was a natural teacher who had the ability to influence others through, example, demonstration and positive encouragement.
His personal skill level, cunning, and familiarity with the area in which the accident happened could not have prevented the fateful collision. Perhaps the lesson is to live each day to the fullest as we just never know. As pointed out in this post it can happen to the best of us when we least expect it, so be careful out there.
Slight correction to Randi's post, Randi said, "His wife is also an instructor" actually it is his daughter that is an instructor, but if he is listening he would have a big belly laugh at your post.