The passing of Tom Milton, inventor of the Selle An-Atomica Saddle

Posted by SuperClydesdale on April 30, 2010 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

After completing my first California Triple Crown last year, which is riding three double centuries in the same year, I qualified to become a “Triple Crowner.”  I get regular updates from the organization, and was saddened to see that the guy who invented what I think is the best saddle made collapsed and died while riding the absolutely brutal double century, the Devil Mountain Double on April 24, 2010.   I knew there was a reason I’ve stayed away from that ride.

So, while I didn’t know Tom, I use his saddle, and am a fellow double century rider, although this guy completed 50 double centuries to my three.  You can read more about Tom Milton on the California Triple Crown web site,

Hopefully, his company, Selle Anatomica, will live on.  For us larger riders, the saddle is spectacular, as I’ve discussed on numerous occasions.

I don’t know why this particular news hit me like it did.  Probably for several reasons, not the least of which is how a guy who was obviously as fit as Tom Milton could die of a heart attack at 56 — that’s one of the reason’s I ride — to avoid that sort of thing in the future.  Second, the fact that he made the saddle that I have become such an evangelist for — it’s kind of like when a musician or an actor you enjoy passes away — there’s a bond there between you that feels broken, even though you don’t really know the person.

It was supposed to have been a beautiful day, and while that ride is very difficult, the views up Mt. Diablo are stunning this time of year.   I guess that’s not a bad way to go.

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