Posted on November 13, 2014 by Bryan Ball
These sorts of posts are never easy. The recumbent community is a very small, but tight-knit one and most of us are close friends. Whenever one of us is lost, it’s a huge blow. Especially when it’s someone we all knew and loved as much as Marilyn Hayward.
Marilyn was the founder and owner of Coventry Cycle Works in Portland, Oregon. She built an outstanding and well-respected business that helped introduce the sport of recumbent cycling to thousands of people. She was also an accomplished ultra-marathon cyclist who racked up many impressive performances in races all over the country. More importantly, she was a vibrant and charming woman who made a lifelong impression on everyone who knew her. My most vivid memory of Marilyn was greeting her after a 24-hour race at Sebring and seeing her huge smile and perfect make-up. Marilyn was truly one of a kind.
Sadly, she suffered a severe brain injury after being stuck by a car in August of 2012. She struggled with the lasting effects of this trauma for the last two years. After a very brave fight, she succumbed to those injuries and took her own life early this morning. She will be dearly dearly missed by all of us in the recumbent world.