Eu poderia escrever linhas e linhas de texto sobre o quão bom o Randy Taylor era em cima da bike, o quão controlo ele tinha sobre a roda da frente ou o quão maluco ele era (ao ponto de mandar um Tailwhip num gap de 20 ESCADAS!!!). Por infelicidade da vida acabou por se suicidar com apenas 26 anos, em 2012, um fim de vida trágico e cedo, que deixou um legado enormíssimo em forma de andamento que continuará entre todos nós! Fiquem aqui com uma homenagem que a Mutiny fez a ele, depois do vídeo um testamento em seu nome.
Randy Taylor. Randy was a goodhearted, charismatic, creative, incredible person. One of the most fun dudes to be around ever, and one of the most gifted bike riders I’ve ever met.
Randy was a natural, there’s no question about it. No one could accuse him of taking anything too seriously, yet he excelled at everything he did – most notably riding bikes, making friends, and entertaining those around him. Everybody loved Randy. Everybody. Between his unstoppable energy, his carefree goofiness, and his unmatched talent for finding trouble, there was truly never a dull moment.
Randy always did his own thing, be it in life or on his bike. The phrase “ahead of his time” gets thrown around a lot, but I can’t think of a more shining example than Randy. Now having the benefit of years of perspective on his riding, it’s easy to see how talented and forward-thinking he really was. Even his seven-year-old frame geometry is easlily up to modern standards.
Randy may no longer be with us, but we are fortunate enough to have a fantastic video archive of his riding and of his personality. He will forever live on in the collective hearts and minds of his friends, his family, and anyone who enjoys his riding or had the good fortune of interacting with him.
The Loosefer Reissue (mutinybikes.com/loosefer) is now available, and we’ll be donating all profits from sales to a suicide awareness charity.
Rest in peace Randy. We miss you bud.