Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2022. 8:17 am CST.
Photo Credit: Duro al Pedal
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Cyclist, race organizer and live streamer Edison Rudolph ‘DJ Vintage’ Usher is being laid to rest today, on his birthday, April 21.
“It’s just not going to be the same without him out there,” said senior journalist William George Ysaguirre, who saw Usher grow in the sport from a rider to an organizer, coach, and live streamer.
Born on April 21, 1973, Usher was 11 days short of turning 49 when he passed away after a road accident on the George Price Highway on the morning of Sunday, April 10. He and his friend Kadeem Banks were travelling to San Ignacio on a motorcycle to live stream the Women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic when their motorcycle reportedly exploded. Banks died on the spot. Usher was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan. He died a couple of hours later.
The Cycling Federation of Belize (CFB) was forced to cancel the live streaming of the event.
Usher was extremely involved with the sport as a cyclist, as a race organizer for the Weekend Warriors, a coach, and a live streamer/narrator for Cycling Federation of Belize.
“I think the Weekend Warriors will probably end up naming a race in his honour because he was so much a part of the Weekend Warriors cycling fraternity,” said Ysaguirre.
“He was an Over 35 Masters rider, but he also used to ride Elite races when he was younger. He used to ride Cycling Federation races.
“He has this long history of like 20 years in the sport. And the horrendous way he died … it really hurts. It was a freak accident. That’s why people are having a hard time dealing with it, that this guy who was so strong, and fit and young, and his girlfriend Nicole Gallego was also a cyclist. In fact, he got her into the sport, and he used to help train her. All of that and his support for other young athletes in the sport along with Kaya (Cattouse) encouraging them and training them and giving them tips and advice on how to train.
“He touched a lot of people in their development and cycling careers. All of those people will really miss him, they will feel a void now that he’s gone,” said Ysaguirre.
Edison Rudolph ‘Vintage’ Usher. Ride in Peace.
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