Kristianna Gough of Oakland, the 31-year-old cyclist struck and killed Sunday along with a San Francisco rider, Matt Peterson, 30, was an Olympic candidate and the third-fastest, non-professional women's triathlete in the world, her mother said today.
"People who knew her will tell you, she was a phenomenon. She broke all records. She started cycling only a short time ago to gain strength in her legs for the Olympic triathlon," Gough's mother, Karen Clarkson, of San Leandro, said. "She won every race she entered. She was her happiest when she was out on her bike or running," she said.
"She had road accidents before and she would always tell me how dangerous it was, that bikes were invisible, that people did not see them and even sometimes, they would go out of t heir way to run her off the road," Clarkson said.
...i may be very wrong in my initial assessment of the help that i assumed the deputy was able to offer victims... ..it seems that intelligent response by other cyclists played a bigger role... ...apparently training didn't prepare the deputy for something of this nature...