Tragic Death Of James Williamson At Absa Cape Epic 2010
The mountain biking community mourns the terrible loss of James Williamson, participant in the Absa Cape Epic 2010. Williamson was full of smiles the entire day and all who were with him assumed he was perfectly fine.
The incredible sadness that has fallen over Stage 3 of the 2010 Absa Cape Epic is indescribable. Twenty-six-year old James Williamson, participant at the event and editor of the Australian Enduro mountain bike magazine was taken too early from this world.
Williamson passed in Ceres Private Hospital at 6:47, after his riding partner Shaun Lewis was unable to rouse him. James was a finished stage 2, feeling completely well with no complaints. He and his partner ate well the night before and everything seemed perfectly fine.
After the first two stages they were in the 18th overall position. On behalf of the race organisation, Kevin Vermaak, director of the Absa Cape Epic, has expressed his most sincere condolences to James’ partner Nicky, his family and his riding partner Shaun.
Says Sonja Güldner-Hamel, international media director of the Absa Cape Epic, who has liaised for several years with James stated:
“James was a very enthusiastic mountain bike journalist who had expressed interest to ride the race over the last few years. 2010 was the year that he could fit it into his publishing schedule and he was thrilled to finally be participating in the race. He will be deeply missed in the mountain biking media fraternity.”
The family and friends of James Williamson are in the thoughts and prayers of the staff here at Funsporting.com in this time of devastating loss.
Approximately 1200 mountain bikers competed in the 2010 Absa Cape Epic. Kevin Evans and Alban Lakata claimed the win in stage one of the competition, which was held just outside of Wellington.
Round 2 of the 2010 Absa Cape Epic was a tough run for the riders. Multiple flat tires and broken parts made the already difficult track even more unbearable.