Ep 127 Remembering Ryan Correy

RAAM start with Glenn & Ryan

Glenn and Ryan at the start of the 2008 RAAM.

Ryan Correy was a friend of mine. He died on April 29, 2018 after battling stage 4 colon and liver cancer for 9 months.

I met Ryan in 2007 when I was racing against him in the Race Across Oregon. We had been leapfrogging all day and swapped adventure stories each time one of us passed the other.

I liked the guy immediately. For a 24 year old, he was very sage, worldly and had a drive and likability that doesn’t come around very often.

He went on to do many great things before the cancer caught him – including winning a 24 hour, solo, mountain bike race after experiencing the symptoms of colon cancer.

Ryan at RAAM finish

Ryan after finishing RAAM.

Some of the things he’s done that amazed me are: Riding across Canada at the age of 13 with his Dad (manhood training), riding his bike from the top of North America to the bottom of South America in 131 days (a world record BTW), riding Tour Divide (at least) twice, finishing Race Across Oregon, finishing Race Across America (RAAM), a crippling 6 day 20 hour stationary cycling record attempt.

Ryan and Dad, Pete at Race Across Oregon

Ryan and his Dad, Pete, at Race Across Oregon. This is near the spot where I met him

The funny thing about endurance cycling is, that the riders are battling the terrain and weather more so than each other. It is because of this that we had time to become friends. That race was hard – one of the hardest things I’ve done – but it was well worth it to meet Ryan.

He was only 35 yet crammed a lifetime of adventure, inspiration, and goodness into those few years. I’m reminded of the Billy Joel’s song “Only The Good Die Young”.

Ryan Correy winning 24 Hours of Adrenaline

Ryan Correy winning 24 Hours of Adrenaline with stage 4 colon cancer.

I’m sad that he’s left this world. I’m glad that he was here and left this world a more remarkable place. I’m sad for his friends, family and wife, Sarah. I’m glad that they were loved by him. I’m sad for all the adventures that he won’t get to do. I’m glad for all the people he inspired by doing them.

Thank you Ryan. I miss you. A lot. And I’ll never forget you.

 

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • That cancer sucks
  • Some of the amazing things Ryan did for the world
  • What a tough competitor he was
  • What a nice guy he was
  • That tumors LOVE sugar

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