by Marcus Leach
The sudden and tragic loss of Robin Williams has affected people the world over, including the world of cycling, where the actor was a prominent figure.
For Williams cycling wasn't just a passing interest, it was more like an obsession. Not only did he own nearly one hundred of the world's best bikes, he was also good friends with both Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong and was seen every year at the Tour de France during Armstrong's now infamous reign - he even rode with the Texan on a rest day at the 2002 Tour.
And so, as fans of the great actor the world over mourn his sad and unexpected departure from this world, so do does the cycling community where he felt right at home.
For a full understanding of what cycling meant to Williams it is worth reading the article Dan Koeppel wrote for Bicycling. Suffice to say cycling was as much a part of Williams' life as was acting. And if acting was his main love, there is no doubt cycling was his second.
The following video is Williams at his comic best ripping off his old friend Armstrong.