Not Forgotten: Jon Lennard, aka @itburns

Not Forgotten: Jon Lennard, aka @itburns

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  1. I happened to be in Houston on business when the news about John came thru last year. What a kick in the gut. Never met him in person but what a sense of humor. I suspect no one will touch he number of plus one badges he earned. Roll in peace brother.

  2. @Nate

    I happened to be in Houston on business when the news about John came thru last year. What a kick in the gut. Never met him in person but what a sense of humor. I suspect no one will touch he number of plus one badges he earned. Roll in peace brother.

    Great point about the +1 badge.  Perhaps it should be the @itburns badge, no?

  3. @Buck Rogers

    @Nate

    I happened to be in Houston on business when the news about John came thru last year. What a kick in the gut. Never met him in person but what a sense of humor. I suspect no one will touch he number of plus one badges he earned. Roll in peace brother.

    Great point about the +1 badge. Perhaps it should be the @itburns badge, no?

    um, +1?

  4. Awwww jeeeze, a year has gone by? And he was wearing his V-kit, I don’t think I realized that. Fuck. I’m no wiser a year later about his death, it’s still a terrible thing but we are all lucky more of us haven’t had fatal meetings with cars. Cars are assholes. And maybe I curse too much, oh well, too late now.

    @ChrisO

    It is a uniquely companionable, shareable and inclusive sport. It brings people together and it establishes bonds between unlikely connections. To me that’s what @itburns reminds me of.

    Nice. 

  5. @Frank – thoughtful tribute.  This morning’s ride was solemn and introspective.  The headwind may have had something to do with it.  Roll with care.

  6. @Xyverz

    Seeing this post makes me realize just how lucky I am to be alive after my incident with the motorhome in the 2nd Annual Bay Area Cogal.

    Definitely gone but not forgotten. I didn’t know him, but I’ll miss @itburns nonetheless.

    Mate, I went on my honorary @itburns ride today and had more near-misses than I can recall.

    We have to be careful, every moment we’re out there. It can happen to any one of us. Cars are clueless and even the best of them are likely distracted by a phone, passenger, or Big Mac they need to crush RIGHT THAT SECOND.

    Scary business, this. But also the most beautiful sport.

  7. @Buck Rogers

    @Nate

    I happened to be in Houston on business when the news about John came thru last year. What a kick in the gut. Never met him in person but what a sense of humor. I suspect no one will touch he number of plus one badges he earned. Roll in peace brother.

    Great point about the +1 badge. Perhaps it should be the @itburns badge, no?

    Maybe we could make him a special one; I did already on the day of his passing dive into the code to do some hard-wiring to make sure his status didn’t fade away (its tied to recent activity, an unfair ask under the circumstances).

    I wish I knew more about him; I feel like from what I know, keeping his status would be what he wants – that giving him some additional badge feel weird to him. But I’ll let those who knew him better advise me on that.

  8. @Chris

    Every now and then, surfing through old articles, I come across one of Jon’s posts. Sometimes there’s a kick in the guts followed by a chuckle or wry smile as I realise I’ve come across one of his post before I’ve read it but more often than not the chuckle and smile come first: the kick doesn’t come until I’ve thought “great post, who wrote that?” and spot his nasty little helmeted head.

    He won’t be forgotten. Roll on @itburns.

    This is really just spot on. Sad reality is that I don’t venture into the archives too much except when I’m clearing out spam (fuck you spambots) and the fact is, whenever I see his posts as a result, I’m a bit thankful that spam filters aren’t perfect.

    Some day, this site will die down and I’ll have nothing to do but peruse the archives; I’ll enjoy seeing that idiotic avatar of his every time.

  9. @frank  Jon was everything the community appreciates him for – incisive, thoughtful, observant, precise and a shit ton of  fun. he started cycling with us then fell profoundly in love. I thought I was dedicated, but compared to him, my love of cycling was a mere grade school crush.  He was all about he road too…no mountain biking (or tris…sacrilege!). He would be quietly thrilled to know what an appreciated presence he was among   the velominatus. he was stellar.

  10. Just realized that August 12th is Laurent Fignon’s birthday.

    One mighty cycling came into the world, one might cyclist departed this world.

  11. @frank

    @Buck Rogers

    @Nate

    I happened to be in Houston on business when the news about John came thru last year. What a kick in the gut. Never met him in person but what a sense of humor. I suspect no one will touch he number of plus one badges he earned. Roll in peace brother.

    Great point about the +1 badge. Perhaps it should be the @itburns badge, no?

    Maybe we could make him a special one; I did already on the day of his passing dive into the code to do some hard-wiring to make sure his status didn’t fade away (its tied to recent activity, an unfair ask under the circumstances).

    I wish I knew more about him; I feel like from what I know, keeping his status would be what he wants – that giving him some additional badge feel weird to him. But I’ll let those who knew him better advise me on that.

    Just a thought, don’t know if it is a good one but  perhaps we could call the +1 badge the “it burns memorial +1…”

  12. @Ron

    Just realized that August 12th is Laurent Fignon’s birthday.

    One mighty cycling came into the world, one might cyclist departed this world.

    Both of them should be eternally celebrated by us.  Both left the party far far too early.

  13. Got to Memorial park a bit late last night (5.30) due to traffic, hammered the Picnic loop until 6.05 in honor of Jon (he was on his way there one year ago…). Had a beer in the Ho parking lot (where, after his ride, Jon always hooked up with the gang who ran the mountain bike trails every Thursday).
    I know everyone worked through their grief yesterday in their own way. This was mine.
    I put an “In Memory” card up in the Picnic Loop notice board (and photoed with Jon’s Cycling Bible: how many times did he yell at me “Rule 5″ on rides!)

  14. @HHHeartache I know it sounds like a short ride, but I had to go on and meet more friends for  Hash run (hashing was another of Jon’s pleasures)….. we raised more glasses before, during and after the run…

  15. Ciclismo a un glorioso strada. AMerckx

  16. Couldn’t get out yesterday so took some time out today.  Cruising along and thinking of @itburns and another cycling buddy I lost recently (through natural but unexpected causes) and suddenly this raincloud appeared and it dumped huge raindrops for a short(ish) period.  @itburns and my buddy must have been up there reminding me not to be just a fair weather rider!

    Some things you don’t miss till they are gone.  Along with another mate we had converted my buddy from the dark side in the bushes to encompass the way and the road.  Once or twice a week he would ping me on skpe to see if I was working from home and if I was he’d call and we would just talk bikes for an hour or so.  I miss those calls.

  17. Haven’t been on the site in… a couple of years. Logged on to find this. May he rest in peace, and I hope that somehow, in some way, he’s aware of the community of riders that still thinks of him.

    I’ve been feeling a little vulnerable on the bike lately, and this is certainly not going to help.

  18. Easy metric century in the rain and the wind yesterday, sempre con noi.

  19. I’ve always been struck by the tightness of the bond cyclists have with one another. It may be from the interdependence we have in each other in our collective safety while on a ride but I suspect it is much more. That bond is evident here and in the previous posts.

    I came to this party after Jon left, and certainly regret that. Yesterday though, I had a great but short ride with a friend I see only twice a year. Perfect for the circumstances.

  20. A year ago, having read Jon’s story on this forum, I decided to name one of our toughest mid week, pre work training rides in his honour.  Kicking off at 5.15am on a Tuesday and Thursday come hell or high water, and at 50k and 1300m it’s a short, sharp, fast session of tough hill repeats with beautiful Sydney harbour views and a decent coffee before work.

    The Cani Pazzi itburns ride has a small but dedicated following and a growing reputation locally. Any velominatus in Sydney who fancy joining us are welcome – just drop me a line.

    Course profile : https://www.strava.com/activities/169109606

    Respectfully in memoriam , Jon.

  21. Nicely done tribute. I wonder on nearly every ride if it will be my last. I consider if it is really worth the risk to me, my friends, and mostly to my family.  I don’t have an answer in my head yet, but I keep swinging my leg over the top tube anyway.

  22. @Mike_P

    @Ron

    Just realized that August 12th is Laurent Fignon’s birthday.

    One mighty cycling came into the world, one might cyclist departed this world.

    Both of them should be eternally celebrated by us. Both left the party far far too early.

    How true. I didn’t even think of that. Both gone too soon. And my apologies for the mistype(s)…”One mighty cyclist came into the world, one mighty cyclist departed this world.”

    Let us all get busy livin’, life if short.

    VLVV.

  23. Thanks Frank for this thoughtful piece.

  24. A-Merckx. A year on, this article and the posts in response provide a fine tribute to itburns and a testament to the community. Marcus Aurelius comes to mind:  “Perfection of character possesses this: to live each day as if the last, to be neither feverish nor apathetic, and not to act a part.”  In modern parlance, “Go hard out but keep your head and keep it real.” RIP  itburns. Be safe, all.

  25. Such a respectful tribute and appreciate that it graced your front pages for a day or two. Nice work Keepers. I think of @itburns every time I wrap my road Id to my wrist, the one and the same that was ordered the same day I read of Jon’s accident.

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