A Bummer of a Post, that’s what I read on the Shawnee Mountain Bike Association’s forum a few days ago and found out about a friend’s death. I met Matt Dierker in last year’s Dirty South gravel series. He was really enthusiastic about riding and competing in massive endurance competitions like the Dirty Kanza 200 mile gravel ride. He was super laid back and very cool to ride with. I was looking forward to seeing him at the rides again this winter but now I won’t.
Matt was hit by a drunk driver while riding his bike in Carbondale IL. The Southern Illinois wrote an excellent article about Matt. He was riding around 3:30 in the afternoon to the bank. He’ll be sorely missed.