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    Roy Ross, aka "plymmer" R.I.P.

    Roy passed away Friday May 1st after a battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, CJD.

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    Burra Burra Trail, Henry W Coe SP, 2011

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    I knew Roy as a fellow volunteer at Henry Coe; when he left that avocation we stayed in touch mostly on Strava. The last ride he posted was April 1st.

    A good place to pay and/or read tribute is here: Roy's Story

    Roy was legend and will long be remembered.
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    Sad news,

    RIP Roy

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    Roy was a legend on two wheels. I am so glad I got to do a handful of big Coe rides with him. Not an ounce of hate or greed in his body, just a really likeable guy. He would ride hundreds of miles on his bike in one ride and be ready to ride to/from work for five days in the week, only to pack on hundreds and hundreds more miles the very next weekend.

    Sheesh, this is awful news.
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    May he RIP. I did not know Roy but my Wife passed away from this horrible disease. My thoughts are with his family and those who loved him.

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    Sad to hear. Rode a couple of times with him and he seemed a genuinely nice human.


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    Sad news indeed, If Roy was on the ride in Henry Coe you didn't need a map or GPS to know you would make it to your destination.

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    Looks like Roy had 3 completions of the HardCOEre100 with a best time of 21 hours 12minutes... Legendary

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    Sad news indeed. R.I.P.
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    RIP. Did a few rides with Roy at Coe, Mississippi Lake was "just getting warmed up" for him. He wanted to get to Robinson Peak and beyond someday, hopefully he did.
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    Sorry to hear about this, sounded like a great guy. Condolences to his friends and family.
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    I learned some great trail building techniques from this guy working with him at JMP....Oh and his Coe ride reports...Thanks man RIP.

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    Wow. I'm sorry to hear this. I never knew the guy, much less rode with him, but CJD doesn't sound like anything I'd wish on my worst enemy. Horrible.

    Hope there's some good singletrack in the sky, Roy. May you rest in peace.

    Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, also known as classic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, is a fatal degenerative brain disorder. Early symptoms include memory problems, behavioral changes, poor coordination, and visual disturbances. Later symptoms include dementia, involuntary movements, blindness, weakness, and coma. About 70% of people die within a year of diagnosis. CJD is caused by a protein known as a prion. Infectious prions are misfolded proteins that can cause normally folded proteins to become misfolded
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    I met Roy last year, but had heard stories about him looong before that. We had a great chat about cycling. Guys like him are a huge inspiration to me, always pushing hard and going far and exploring every hidden corner of the outdoors.

    So awful to hear this rare disease took him, and so sad for his family.

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    RIP Roy. You are a true adventurer and you left an impression on many, many riders.

    FYI, here is Roy's posting history here:
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    Oh no! So bummed.

    Haven’t been back to the Bay in a while, but always hoping to make it back for a visit and some rides. Planning/hoping to do a big ride at Coe and expecting to run into Roy way out in the middle of nowhere, he’d be riding up some ridiculously steep trail, pockets bulging with mylar balloons that he’d picked up, legs scratched up from brush, always super friendly and mellow. Ride for a bit, help him drag some huge tree off the trail, then watch him ride off to continue on whatever super long ride he had planned that day.

    Rest in Peace, Roy!


    A friendly chat during a break on a trail day at Coe in 2009:

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    Roy (in the middle) on Hat Rock, 2008, photo by Skyline35:

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    Quote Originally Posted by fourarm View Post
    RIP. Did a few rides with Roy at Coe, Mississippi Lake was "just getting warmed up" for him. He wanted to get to Robinson Peak and beyond someday, hopefully he did.
    We definitely did get out to that area and beyond.

    He was a great rider, adventurer, and friend; I'll miss him dearly.

    -D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smilerz View Post
    May he RIP. I did not know Roy but my Wife passed away from this horrible disease. My thoughts are with his family and those who loved him.
    That's terrible.

    April has been Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease awareness month for me.

    I don't have the exact timeline but it was early April when his roommate noticed something odd with Roy. So it was less than a month for full progression. He was, I believe, 59, and really fit. He should of had many more years.

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    During his Coe era, Roy did it all. HardCoe're 100, Summer Solstice 10k, Fall Circus, Aqua Extremo, Spring Classic, Tour de Swim Holes, Second Saturday Trailwork, Bike Patrol, innumerable solo 10ks. Many of them written up on mtbr in his unique style.

    In Oct 2005 I was scouting routes for the first mtbr Fall Circus and met Roy the Hunting Hollow parking lot afterwards. He was having trouble finding White Tank Trail. I told him that was on my route so he came out for that. That story is in this thread, Roy's first mtbr post (some classic Roy prose):

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    Here is the 2005 Fall Circus "A ride" taking a break at Pacheco Camp. Francis in red is regaling the group with funny trade show stories from Las Vegas Interbike. Roy in white is more interested in the Coe map. :-)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35 View Post
    That's terrible.

    April has been Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease awareness month for me.

    I don't have the exact timeline but it was early April when his roommate noticed something odd with Roy. So it was less than a month for full progression. He was, I believe, 59, and really fit. He should of had many more years.

    ///Charlie
    My wife turned 60 in January 2018. Around July of 2018 is when she started having problems. She was diagnosed in August 2018 and passed away in November 2018. It's a horrible disease and it seems that the early 60 years old is when it can show up. I had a brain autopsy performed to determine that my wife, in fact, had the sporadic variance and that it was not genetic/familial. I am still in touch with the specialists at UCSF and have been interviewed by them a few times. My thoughts are with his family.

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    RIP Roy.

    I didn't know Roy from MTBR but I met him randonneuring (long distance cycling) where he was a fixture in the bay area. He finished Paris-Brest-Paris (1200km) last year.

    He's the only rider to complete all runnings of the SFR Adventure Series
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    and they're going to name the finisher's award after him in his honor.

    The Caring Bridge site linked above has lots of stories and photos of his exploits ... and now an explanation for me why he used a "Pete Dixon" @ KFJC email address.

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    Holy cow!

    RIP Roy. I've met him a few times, but didn't really know him, just enough to say hi when passing. He seemed like a good guy.

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    I am eternally grateful to Mei/mudworm for organizing a reunion hike in LaHonda last October so we had that day with Roy. Since he was road riding I almost never saw him anymore.

    l to r Erik/MudnCrud, Mei/mudworm, Julie/shredchic, and Roy (all HardCoe're 100 finishers):







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    Sorry to hear. Roy was a good friend and I did many rides with him at Henry Coe, some including Skyline35. Even though we were on opposite ends of the speed spectrum, Roy had no problems riding with me and taking it easy. He was a wonderful guy and very friendly to all.

    Roy really enjoyed biking and rode all over Henry Coe. And he would ride all day on just one energy bar. I remember when his bike broke in half while he was way out at the farthest reaches of Henry Coe on one of our fall circuses. We waited until almost 10PM for him to walk out. Fast Eddy was trying to get his 4WD up Wagon for a rescue, when Roy finally popped out on Canyon, having taken Coit Rd back.

    I'd often see his Plymmer in the Henry Coe Hunting Hollow parking lot. He loved that car. I'd sometimes pop a beer in through the torn back window.

    [BTW, CJD is the human equivalent of mad cow disease. What a horrible way to go.]
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    Roy Ross, aka "plymmer" R.I.P.

    RIP Roy

    Amazing how quickly this disease brought this amazingly fit friend down. April 1st was his last ride on Strava



    A month to the day after this ride, Roy was gone.

    I have a lot of Roy stories from hiding rocks in his camelbacks to posting wanted posters in the Coe back country.




    Roy always was delighted to find lost treasures in the back country, especially Mylar balloons. The day he passed I was ski mountaineering, while hiking up the mountain I found this great hat, like to think Roy guided me to it, when I got home I learned of his passing during the day.
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    It's through this community did I get to know Roy, aka plymmer. I'm back here to pay tribute to our old friend. Time flies, and it is hard to believe that it was already more than 6 years ago, during 2011-2013, when he was a regular here and was seen as a legend by many without even trying.

    I just wanted to fill in the gap after that period to show that he continued to be a legend, in another cycling community. I guess he just couldn't help it. Some of his rides (like this one at 600km/32,817ft) were called "Permanent". I didn't study where that name came from, but I like the sound of it and find it very fitting.

    Following is a screenshot of Roy's Strava stats (mostly from 2014 up until the abrupt stop post April 1, 2020). As I calculated, the earth circumference is 24,901 miles, and his total milage is 78,014 miles, enough to go around the earth 3.13 times. The earth is not big enough for him, so he has to go.

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    Like Charlie, I'm forever grateful for the opportunity to have seen him last October at that lovely reunion despite all the years apart while pursuing different passions. We all laughed so much then and I still chuckle to this day from the memories. I would have never guessed Roy was 59. I thought he might be just pushing 50. He had a full head of hair that was enviably black, and wavy.

    I have this picture from the Coe days of Roy taking a well deserved rest.

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    Rest in peace, friend! We'll always be able to find you above the top of the mountain and beyond the end of the road.
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    This ****ing sucks.

    I always thought Roy just caught thermals in his hair and effortlessly floated up hills. Such a great guy to ride with.

    I've (hopefully) attached a self portrait he took a while back at hat rock. In it, he looks ominous and a little scary, which is the exact opposite of the way he came across in real life.

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    I never met him, as my physical ability is nowhere near the Coe rides he did. We did have a great conversation on-line, as we both owned 1963 convertibles (mine being a Studebaker). I used to see his red Plymouth at the HH parking lot, and pinged him on MTBR one time, asking if it was his. Yup, it was his! He enjoyed chatting about his baby, Very sad... (we also have a few mutual friends from his Randonneuring adventures)

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    Last Saturday's 2020 Coe Solstice 10k was dedicated to Roy. Early start on a tough route, Roy would say "Perfect!". Here is a stack of photos scrapped off the various Strava posts:




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    Great pictures. Looks like a lot of pushing. Kudos to the courageous riders.
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    R.I.P. brother

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