We are all devastated and deeply saddened from the loss of Micky Inagaki in a serious crash with a truck on the Tekapo-Twizel road during our "Tiki Tour" ride.
This was Micky's second visit to New Zealand and I had ridden with him in Australia. It was always pleasure to host him with his jovial persona. On this occasion, his wife Tomomi was also able to join us as part of our volunteer team for the Tiki Tour. Micky was the President of Audax Japan, a role in which he was always striving to improve the sport in Japan, to encourage Japanese riders them to participate in events abroad and foreigners to come to events in Japan. Micky was and a prolific randonneur, completing 18 1200km or longer randonneuring events around the world (8 in Europe, 6 in North America, 3 in Asia and 1 in Australia). Along the way, Micky touched the lives of many international randonneurs with his cheerful a smile, friendly waves, encouraging words and generous assistance to all of those around him.
Chris Wilby was injured in this incident and following some time recovering from the accident at Christchurch Hospital he now back home in continuing his recovery. We wish Chris a speedy recovery.
The cause of the collision is subject to an investigation by the Serious Crash Unit. Kiwi Randonneurs will provide any assistance required in support of the investigation(s) into this tragic incident.
We believe rider safety is paramount and will review any findings from this accident closely.
We would like to thank the support we have received from those in the International Randonneuring and New Zealand cycling Communities.