I hate posting stories like this but it is important for us (and myself) to understand the ugly side of cycling, not everyday is sunny, dry and the roads/single track are perfect. This is a story of a local cyclist, Kirk Williams, who was just having a good day at Hall and the next minute his neck is broken. Kirk, I'm sorry this happened to you and I know (in the back of my mind) that every time I throw my leg over the saddle that Kirk could be Kris. I wish you the best of luck in your recovery and I hope for the best in your years to come. Join others On January 20, 2010 at 7:00p.m. at Hapa Sushi on Pearl Street in downtown Boulder, friends of Kirk, Full Cycle, and Hapa Sushi will be hosting a fundraiser and mountain biker, Kirk Williams. Here is the story
Kirk and many of his friends were out for an afternoon mountain bike ride along the trails close to his home in Lyons, CO (Hall Ranch). It was a beautiful afternoon and the trails were filled with many bikers and hikers. On one of the descents Kirk saw several riders coming up the trail and veered slightly off the trail to let them get by. He was thrown by hitting a small log hidden under the grass. He landed on his helmet and his neck was thrown forcefully forward. Due to the accident, Kirk's spinal cord and vertebrae were severely injured. He has movement of both arms and wrists and limited use of fingers at this point in time. Sensations are limited below his chest area but there are areas in the legs that he can feel and provide great hope. He is currently being treated at Craig Hospital in Denver. For more of Kirk's story and to see his amazing progress, please visit his website at
Our goal the night of the fundraiser is to help Kirk raise as much money as we can to help him and his family cover his medical expenses, new wheelchair, and anything else that the money may help him out with. We will be taking donations at the door and we will also be having multiple drawings the night of the event. You could win amazing cycling swag, various gift certificates from local businesses, a brand new BIKE(S), or even a PUPPY from Heringo Labradors (where Kirk's beautiful Bella dog is from)! Drawing tickets will range from $5 to $80 depending on the drawings you would like to enter. Besides allowing us to host the event at the restaurant, Hapa is also donating some gift certificates and kegs where all of the proceeds will go directly to Kirk. Please spread the word about this event to everyone you know. Everyone is welcome to attend and everyone's donations and time are very much appreciated!