Matt ‘Bronco’ Bradley

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Bike | 5 Comments

RIP Matt Bradley. 1970-2012.

“On the great high plains where the northers blow/This breed of the brave is found.”

Matt ‘Bronco’ Bradley died Tuesday March 20th, 2012. He was 41.

Matt was a cyclist, cancer survivor, folklorist, and professor. He was generous, friendly, and instantly likable. His constant optimism was a source of inspiration and motivation for his students and for his fellow bike racers. Cancer took his leg, but nothing else. Hopeful, determined, and happy, Matt picked up his life where it had left off, racing bikes, teaching, and fighting for the causes he loved.

“Over the trail let me gallop away/Make me a cowboy again for a day.”

Life is full of barriers. Maybe that’s why Matt loved cyclocross so much. In life, as in ‘cross, Matt jumped over the barriers. And if that didn’t work, he would knock them over. That’s how Matt lived. And it’s the way he inspired each of us who knew him to live as well. His passion for ‘cross was contagious. His rooted enthusiasm for equality and justice changed hearts and opened minds. His voice was essential in our community. He will be missed more than we can ever know.

I don’t know what Heaven is like. But I hope that there are muddy cyclocross courses, tall snowy mountains, and vast expansive deserts. I hope that there are cowboy poets. If not, there are now.

We can no longer hold Matt’s wheel. He rides where we cannot follow. But each of us is better today for knowing Matt. Each of us has been enhanced and edified by him.

Thank you, Matt, for sharing your heart and soul with each of us.

“For us who are true to the trail/A vision to seek, a beckoning peak/A farness that never will fail…”

Ride in peace. Rest in peace.


  1. Thomas
    March 22, 2012

    Any friend would be proud for words like these. Well done.

  2. seth
    March 22, 2012

    thank you

  3. Eric
    March 24, 2012

    Very good.

  4. Thinking of Matt Today | Malaya
    March 26, 2012

    […] other a few times since meeting, it was easy to care  about such a generous and warm person.  He was a beautiful soul, a loving teacher and so much more.   FMFP Planning Team, 2007 Our Boston/Salt Lake team at FMFP […]

  5. Jason Bradley
    April 19, 2012

    Very nice….

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