Rider killed in Tour da Chicago

Feb 24
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A cyclist was killed this morning after an SUV struck him during a street race.

Matt Manger-Lynch, 29, was at the front of [Matt Lynch]a large group of riders competing in the Tour da Chicago, a popular alleycat series. The pack was heading southeast on Lincoln and attempted to cross Irving Park against a red light. An eastbound SUV entered from Irving Park and struck him. He died on the scene. I do not know much about Matt, other than that he was married, and that his results had been impressing people. He was not affiliated with a team, but he had recently acquired a license and was looking forward to sanctioned racing. I have been in touch with riders who were both in the pack as well as some who happened to be on the sidewalk at the time. All are incredibly shaken. Alleycats are normally outside my purview -- note that today's race did not include checkpoints, so some would not consider it a true alleycat -- but I'll continue to update this post as I learn more about the incident and about Matt.

7 p.m.: The coroner is giving media the name "Matt Mager," but I've spoken to more witnesses and am confident that it was indeed Matt Lynch.

2/25 10 a.m.: Media and friends are reporting his full name as Matt Manger-Lynch.

2/26 8 a.m.: The Tribune has a story about the racing aspect of Sunday's collision, including more information about Matt. "'He was very excited about [the racing],' said Elizabeth Lynch, Manger-Lynch's wife. 'It was organized fun, and he got to be a little competitive.'" (I'm not bothering to read the comments on the story. I can only imagine how full of ugly, gleeful callousness they are.) Here is Matt's obituary, along with his Legacy guestbook. Visitation will be Thursday near Milwaukee. Memorials may be made to the YMCA Camp Manito-wish, Box 246, Boulder Junction, WI 54512; or to the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, 9 W. Hubbard St., Suite 402, Chicago, IL 60610-6545. Finally, here are pictures a friend of Matt has posted to Flickr.

2/27 11 a.m.: The Tribune editorial board responds to the tragedy by staking a position of being pro-courtesy, anti-races without port-o-potties.



Feb 24

9:54 pm

yobdlog (xXx Racing-AthletiCo)

This is sickly unfortunate - I fly through that intersection on a daily basis on my route to work (damen to lincoln daily at 6AM)

I’ll be sure to pay my respects and give my deep sigh to the poor soul when i spin by.

warm regards to his family and friends.


Feb 24

10:04 pm

Matt Smith (Burnham Racing)

Apparently his name was Matthew Manger-Lynch.

Discussion here.

And here.


Feb 26

10:30 am

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Peter Allen (XXX Racing/Athletico)

It’s sad to see the loss of another promising young man and racer.  I really feel bad for his wife and family who are asking “Why Matt?”, especially when he had so much going for him and so many ambitions.

The comments on Tribune website remind me how ignorant and naive many Americans are about the world we live in.  Matt’s tragic death is also heads up for all of us on the bike whether we’re in an alleycat, on a leisurely ride, or a sanctioned race (eg, the cars who don’t know there is an organized race in progress and happen to run stop signs in the country).

I nearly broadsided (on my bike) another rider by Northwestern on Sunday who cut across Sheridan not looking and wearing headphones with no helmet.  How did humans ever reach the 6 billion mark?

Be safe, smart, and alert.


Feb 26

12:59 pm

Matt Smith (Burnham Racing)

From today’s Sun Times:

Cutting bicycle carnage is a two-way street.


Feb 26

1:59 pm

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Brian (xXx Racing - AthletiCo)

The results are always the same.  Car hits cyclist - driver’s fault.  Car hits cyclist - cyclist’s fault.  Cyclist his pedestrian - ad nauseum…the comments/blogo/craigslist-sphere fills up with misguided vitriol that makes me fearful to even step out of my apartment.  On all sides.  As if YOUR post/reply/rant is going to be the one that makes everyone else stop and think, and the argument is then forever resolved.  We’re on the verge of a micro-culture war here.  And to what point???  The rules are plain.  For ev-re-bo-dy.  It’s an individual choice, made in selfish disregard in less than a second, that makes these rules irrelevant.

It will never change.


Feb 27

4:38 pm

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There’s an even-handed, though generally bland, editorial in the Trib today about this.  It’s good to see it’s not another rage-filled freakout.


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