The Sunday Times newspaper ran a major feature on Sunday regarding the death of a 22yo rider killed in a head-on with a car while overtaking another bike on a bend at 180. I believe it should be compulsory reading for everybody on a bike. It was not a single article, it was a series of pieces spread throughout the paper, each piece independently describing the impact from a different perspective, the grieving and broken parents, the ‘other rider’, the driver of the car, a passenger in the car, a deeply traumatized little 9yo girl in the car, the first cop at the scene, and even the undertaker who removed the body. This was not an ‘accident’ in any sense of the word, it was 180kph on a public road, and so many people are deeply affected, with lives at the very least blighted, others ruined forever. I wish nobody ill, and try very hard not to be judgmental, but when the real impact is laid bare for all to see like this it is hard to see the dead rider as the victim, it is all the innocents who are the victims of a completely pointless act of selfishness, a little girl should not have to face death coming through the windscreen of her parents car. The rider of the other bike was doing 160 at the time, and said that it had changed him forever, he said that he just didn’t know how ignorant he was, and that it would be difficult or impossible to change anybody’s view until they had experienced what he had, when it was already too late. I am afraid he is correct, and it saddens me deeply to think of the lives out there that are just waiting to be ruined and destroyed in the name of 'fun' and 'freedom'.