i just got back after a few days, so excuse me for reviving this. i know the moment has passed, and i know that it even may sound a little harsh, so i apologize for the moment, and assure you all i am not being harsh...
what i think about lance's accident (aside from seriousness) is this - if the worst thing hadnt happened at that moment, and they rode through town at high speeds with not a single incident, this story would have been told over a beer after a ride a year later, and the mood would have been entirely different.
my point is this - do people change their risk level mostly before, or after, they pay the price of the risk? and do they applaud their boys up until that point of disaster, and only then talk about it being wrong? yeah, mostly. that is most of the problem. its the "i quit smoking, so dont you know that will kill you" syndrome. its cool while i do it, but once i stop, everyone should. and i just plain disagree with that.
now i dont want, not for a second, anyone to think i am pointing that little segment at lance, his buddy, or anyone else who identifies with his story. i guess i am just so jaded that when i read/listen/take part in conversations like this, its what i think about. those are the people who come to mind and there are A LOT of them.