Very sad and surprising news. Would appreciate the link to obit.
Glad to see that you have recovered from your accident.
I am also sad and surprised. Thanks for your thoughtful post, SF.
Brian was at the Troll Cup in April. I think a few people were pleased to be finally able to beat him until they found out that it was because he was seriously ill. I was glad to have had that last chance to see him, though we didn't get a chance to talk much.
Yes, I was one of those people JJ refers to at the Troll cup who was surprised to find myself keeping up with Brian---Until I heard he had cancer.
i think though that this transpired about the same time as your bike accident and we were concerned about you so we never really thought about passing Brians bad news on to you.
How rough was the day of the Long in 93? Stefan in Ottawa described it as miserable.
It rained at a pretty good intensity for a fair bit of the race, and while it wasn't freezing rain, it was cool enough. I don't remember if the entire start field was equally affected or not, though my recollection is that towards the end for me it lightened up or even stopped, and that I had a relatively late start. (I wouldn't bet much money on my recollection being accurate, though!)
I remember the conditions as not being too bad as long as you kept moving.
It must have been truly miserable for the people manning the controls, as they had to sit there and keep still for hours in the rain.
One of the Nordic coaches said it was the worst weather ever for a WOC event. One member of the course setting team got frostbite. As Mikell says, the control monitors got the worst of it.
Now that you mention it, I do remember it was raining but I don't remember the rain bothering me. I do however remember arriving at one control late in the course and seeing a girl (Danish team?), that looked like a drowned rat and shivering badly. My sense was that the control monitor was trying to radio for help--she was just standing there and had quit the course I think.
edit--I also remember Brian Graham doing very well at that event, maybe the best of the NA men?
I was a control monitor for the relay and for the classic in 1993, and the classic was a pretty rainy day. I had one of the later controls. One of the last starters was Allan Mogensen, who went on to win, and I remember seeing him sweeping in to the control, silhouetted against the sky for an instant on top of a piece of bare rock and then dashing off. I remember thinking at the time, "That guy is going to win." He just looked so strong and focused, and not as bedraggled as the other folks.
Wonderful words and memories Mikell. Brian was a wonderful friend and a very special person.