What happened wasn't expected — crashes rarely are.
While flying downhill on a paved and rain-slicked portion of the course, Nelson overestimated his turning ability and flew over the side of the road and down a 40-foot drop into a rocky ravine.
Amazingly, he had only some cut knuckles, a bloodied lip, and plenty of aches and pains — but no serious injuries.
After a dozen successful Leadville 100 races, Nelson's unlucky 13th ended in a crash.
Though Susan's fight with cancer didn't conclude with the storybook ending the thousands of anonymous "friends of Fatty" hoped and prayed it would, Nelson vows the fight is not over.
"I think of my daughters," he said of the identical twins, Katie and Carrie. "Their mother had breast cancer. Their grandmother had breast cancer. There's a pretty good chance, I figure, that they might get breast cancer."
Fatcyclist.com will likely return to its roots as a cycling-first blog, Nelson said, as the coming months are turned on the calendar. But the fight against cancer will not end.
"My fondest wish," Nelson said, "is that by the time they get to the age where they might have to worry about it, that they won't."
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