Yeti Cycles Demo Manager Anthony Sloan died in his sleep May 6. He was 37 years old.
"His official role at Yeti was Demo Manager, but he was so much more," Yeti co-owner Chris Conroy told BikeRadar. "We are all deeply saddened by his passing. Our factory was closed Friday so we could ride in his honour - he would have liked that."
Former professional racer and current Smith Optics public relations manager Greg Randolph wrote a tribute to Sloan, passed on from Conroy:
"We lost a very close friend, a great human, a renaissance man, lover of life, liver of dreams, stalwart comrade and solid companion this week. Anthony Sloan is a man many knew as the kind, carefree and wandering spirit who ran the Yeti Cycles Demo program, criss-crossing the US reaching out and touching the lives of many. He was the kind of guy who you immediately knew was one of the good guys. His sincerity, passion, and compassion were one of a kind.
"Anthony was a man constantly in motion. When the season ended, the gifted writer and photographer would light out for the corners of the globe on seemingly announced journeys. You would only know his whereabouts by a simple email sent from deep within one country or another linking you to photos and commentary of publishable quality which revealed his humanity, curiosity, sense of irony and humour, reminding you what made him such an amazing friend. He kept a photo journal of his adventures.
"His time was cut short on this planet, but the people he met along the way will certainly keep his memory in perpetuity. Anthony, we are going to miss you, my man. Godspeed. I ride in your memory."
For more of Sloan's writing and photography, visit www.anthonysloan.com. BikeRadar passes on its deep regrets for his family and friends.