So I am writing this while realing in shock, and I don't even know if it is my place to broadcast this so widely but I am also aware that Michael was an important AC member and well respected. I had the pleasure of meeting him in February and a couple times since then and am mentioned in his last status update(on the 13th of Feb). We had several indepth converstaions about topics brought up on this forum and regarding online security. He also shared some of his work stories as we work in similar fields. He has also been the centre of a recent AC discussion as he was hit by a wallaby on the crafers bike track and broke his collarbone.
Where this is all leading to is that Michael took his own life today. I don't know any further details but that he did request that certain cyclists be contacted and they in turn have notified many of Michael's Cycling friends. Michael rode regularly with cob webs and I met him through riding with the Heart of the Hills ride (Norton summit to Hahndorf). We (the HoH) gang will be riding in memory of Michael this Sunday 8am from Norton Summit and will be wearing black arm bands to commemorate his life.
This brings home to me the seriousness of Robert's frank discussion here which I had been mulling over before I planned to reply. Now I don't know what to say to Robert, but keep reaching out to people.
Sadly for Michael it is too late and for that I am immensley sad.
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I could be up for a morning ride on Monday if you don't mind something a little more sedate to your usual sound breaking charge. Could even be a good chance for Bec to ride Stuart O'Grady bikeway.
Such a shock to log on after a day at work and read Sarah's post. I did meet Michael just once when I was looking to buy some MTB pedals and he sold me a good pair no longer in use at a good price. At the time he gave me a lot of sound advice. A real shock to learn that he suffered from depression. Over the weekend I met 2 riders who mentioned that they rode to beat depression and I know of others that do the same.
I hope everybody gets out on their bikes at the first opportunity and clear out those cobwebs, storm clouds etc. Unfortunately I shall be working all weekend and unable to join any of the memorial rides.
Hi Mark and all adelaide cyclists,
Sorry to hear about Michael Warner, will be there for the ride and also for the Christchurch and to remember New Zealand also.
Will also be there for the Ride N Stride on the 27th March also and other rides that come up that i will do.
I have shared a short footage of Michael (at least I think it is him - he was always in front pushing the pace and I can't confirm for sure - let me know if you disagree).
It is coming up into Belair last winter after having come down Upper Sturt Road.
My sincere condolonces to Michael's family and all his friends here on AC. I never met him personally, but valued his contribution to this site. For those who are suffering and still here with us, please, talk to some body. There is always people out there willing to listen and reach out and help you. It is never too late.
RIP Michael......may you cycle through those pearly gates and onto greener pastures.
Wow , logging onto AC, and seeing such sad news. I'm shocked, as i dont think i have met Michael Warner, but after seeing his name pop up often, i feel like i know him.
As only a few week back, reading that Michael has been cleaned up by a Roo was a shock.
I'm not great with words or expressing myself and also suffer from Depression. My heart goes out to his Family and Friends And those of the AC who rode with him or communicated with him regularly.
i too hope to make sunday
I'm deeply saddened by this news. It brings so many things to mind, but the words here are very touching. I'm constantly reminded that cycling has help me to stay fit - both physically and mentally.