Area cyclists are processing the news that 24/680 cycling legend Joe Shami has died – critically injured in a collision with a car near his Lafayette home Tuesday.
Shami, 86, but showing no signs of slowing down, was known for his weekly trips up Mount Diablo, speaking frequently of the peace his rides brought him. His 600th consecutive run up the mountain was celebrated – with admiring applause and some wonderment – in 2019.
Shami made the 38 to 46-mile round trip – dependent on his route – from his home, studiously preparing for each ride by checking weather and road conditions.
A former runner with 10 marathons including the Boston Marathon under his belt, Shami took up biking in 1992 and never looked back, starting his weekly rides up Mount Diablo in July 2008 when he was 73 years old.
He was struck and critically injured at the roundabout in Lafayette on Tuesday morning. The investigation into the collision is continuing.