It's been an emotional few weeks as we've read about the accomplishments and memories inspired by long-time XTERRA Ambassador Scott Scudamore, who passed away on December 28, 2013.
We read the tribute written by his friend Sal Ruibal on the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame website, browsed through the posts on his Facebook page, and worked our way through the websitewww.scudfries.orgdedicated to celebrating his life and legacy.
There are a wealth of stories shared by friends painting a vivid picture of a life well lived and a whole lot of love shared.
The XTERRA Tribe knew "Scud" well for his outgoing and welcoming spirit. He was the prototype XTERRA ambassador. He calmed racers nerves at the start line, fixed their bikes, gave them words of encouragement and helpful tips, was the ultimate training partner, and guided the XTERRA crew every chance he got.
“Scud was never afraid to express his opinion on anything,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas. “If he thought we could improve something or if he found a place on the course that he did not think was marked properly - we heard about it. There were numerous times he would find us, and with that big booming voice, let us know that he found something that had to be changed. Scud never did it maliciously or with anything but the best of intentions and we often found what he noticed was true.”
And he knew what he was talking about. He was an icon in the Mid-Atlantic mountain bike scene, built trails, conducted how to ride your mountain bike with confidence clinics, and taught newbies how to ride.
Scott was retired but hardly stood still. He was on the local water rescue team and had recently learned how to surf a kayak in white water. His volunteerism efforts were off-the-charts, perhaps most notably his connection with Trails For Youth, a program that connected kids to the natural world around them. You can get a glimpse into the heart of the man by reading this story shared by Pat Childers.
He served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a captain. He was famous for his fries, for making people smile, as a soccer coach, and a family man. He left an undeniable mark on this world, and will be greatly missed by his extended family within the XTERRA Tribe and far beyond.
Scott "Scud" Scudamore is most certainly, a Man to Remember.