Chris Hipp, 8/6/1961 – 7/14/2009

Jul 14 2009

Christopher Hipp

I’m without words, but not because I don’t know what to say….it’s because there are so many words I’m finding it hard to know where to start. There are certainly some great stories I’d like to share, in good time.

Today Chris Hipp went to race in the big criterium in the sky. His adventures and antics will amaze you and some may have you in tears of laughter. Ultimately, we respect him for the fact that he was the most generous, intelligent, and fiercely competitive person so many of us have ever known.

Godspeed, Chris.

Here’s something from the “nostalgia” files:

Update – 7/15/2009:

Just spoke with Lorraine and she was asking who is in this picture with Chris. To Chris’ left is John Fry, formerly of the Shaklee Team and the US National Team.

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49 Comments to “Chris Hipp, 8/6/1961 – 7/14/2009”

  1. Very sorry to learn of Chris’ passing. I know he was a very good friend who will be missed.

    Remember the good times and celebrate a life well-lived.

    By Jim Gross on July 14th, 2009 at 6:44 pm
  2. This is really hard to comprehend; the hippstar gone. He was a good friend and he taught me a lot.

    By Bob Dahl on July 14th, 2009 at 8:54 pm
  3. I am so sorry to hear this Chris. I know you have a lot of great memories.

    By Mark Sullivan on July 14th, 2009 at 9:36 pm
  4. Oh wise Hippstar: “The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long.”

    By Michael Rice on July 14th, 2009 at 9:42 pm
  5. I remember the first time that Chris told me at the Bike Mart 1,2,3 Criterium in “97″ that I was “riding strong and to keep it up”. When he said it, I was taken back because Chris had never said anything (good or bad) to me before that day about my cycling. From then on he gave me alot of good advice, and it meant alot to me. Chris, you will be missed by many, especially your brother Michael and Loraine. RIP, God Speed.

    By David Hauk on July 14th, 2009 at 9:51 pm
  6. Chris was a truly unique individual, both on and off the bike. To Loraine and your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    By Bob Reveal on July 14th, 2009 at 10:55 pm
  7. Rode with Chris on Saturday as I have done for years. Just a wonderful guy with an engaging spirit. He was a massive member of the cycling community. Miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Tim Eades on July 14th, 2009 at 11:03 pm
  8. “To achieve greatness, you must beat THE BAR, and that is me.”
    My nemisis and mentor all in one.
    I will miss the calls, emails, texts to “come ride with me out here, you will absolutley love it!”.
    And I will regret not going for a very long time.

    Thanks for everything my friend-
    crOzzburger

    By Bret Crosby on July 14th, 2009 at 11:11 pm
  9. Chris I am very saddened to hear about the loss of such a great friend. Never knowing Chris Hipp personally, I have built an understanding of this “iconic” individual through the feeds, as well as spending some time on his blog. With “Pounding Idiots” it is sensed to all readers that Chris Hipp was different, and someone who would and had blazed his own trail. Today the world has lost someone who was great, and for that I am deeply saddened. In addition, You and your staff there at RD2Inc are an amazing group of individuals. In the midst of our surroundings and economic pressure, it was without hesitation that you posted a memorial for Chris Hipp, and affixed it as the primary feed on this site. Not worrying about what customers might think or say, you just did it. It is what you believe in, and it is something that you should feel good about. Chris your are an infectious person, and have touched the lives of many, and will continue to do so across the country and the web, at the same time, I am certain that you altered Chris Hipp’s life just by him knowing you. And for that, the world who knew Chris Hipp will forever thank you.

    By Richard Leach on July 15th, 2009 at 12:26 am
  10. Chis Hipp was one of the greats to bless our little town of Wichita Falls Texas. I remember his inspiring words and adult attitude about racing in the Hotter N Hell Hundred August 1988 when I got hooked into cycling.

    By Larry Hein on July 15th, 2009 at 1:12 am
  11. My favorite picture is one of Chris Hipp coming across the line at the Hotter N Hell Criterium. He was talented and exciting to watch. You knew there would always be something happening. Ever see him jump a corner curb in a crit…
    2 times

    By Rhonda Hoyt on July 15th, 2009 at 7:16 am
  12. Hippstar. You taught me so much over the last 20+ years. Thank you for everything. I miss you already.

    By Bill Short on July 15th, 2009 at 7:38 am
  13. Hippster was larger than life. He was one of the most insatiably curious, intelligent, passionate and creative people we will ever have known. He truly lived life and left his mark on the world in many, many ways. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Loraine, Michael and all those he touched in 49 short years. Rest in peace.

    By Scott Osuna on July 15th, 2009 at 8:18 am
  14. Oh my god. I can’t believe Chris is gone..he was like a big brother and a mentor to me while at RLX and after. To Loraine and Mike my prayer are with you. Today I lost a brother that can not be replaced..
    RIP Chris….I will miss you..

    -Yemane.

    By Yemane Berhane on July 15th, 2009 at 8:50 am
  15. I got to know Chris on the Spectrum ride one day when a small group branched off to climbed Kings Mtn after the main ride. I remember one particular saturday when he was in his story telling mode. He went on for the entire climb about racing in the 80′s compared to now. He was proud of out-sprinting Lance and putting a hurt on him in a few local crits in Texas. I listened in fascination only to realize that by the time we reached the top of Kings, Chris had done the entire climb without touching his handlebars! Try that one sometime….

    By Jamie Willin on July 15th, 2009 at 9:29 am
  16. Even though I have not seen Chris and Lorraine for many years, I still consider them good friends. All of us have lost a brother, mentor, competitor and friend with Chris’ passing. Lorraine and the Hipp family will be in my prayers.

    By Fred Marsh on July 15th, 2009 at 9:48 am
  17. Great guy and a great competitor. I’ve missed getting my butt handed to me by him and the Worthingtons ever since they moved west.

    By PeterErdoes in OKC on July 15th, 2009 at 10:04 am
  18. Loraine and Michael, I am deeply sorry for your loss and accompany you in morning.

    Roberto.

    By Roberto Gutierrez on July 15th, 2009 at 10:05 am
  19. I got to know Chris during our days at DMPL. Chris was a wealth of knowledge, kindness, and generosity. He was always good for a laugh or a hilarious practical joke. While our paths have moved in different directions over the years, I will always remember Chris as a great person. Loraine and Michael, you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Hippster.

    By Jim Sullivan on July 15th, 2009 at 10:10 am
  20. Wow! – There are a lot of terrific posts about Chris Hipp both here and all over the web. It’s great to see how he was such an influential person and touched so many. He was a creator of many things.

    By chris ronan on July 15th, 2009 at 10:56 am
  21. Jamie – Great story here. It’s so funny because this was a common training technique Chris used to use. Years ago we were inline skating as a cross training exercise (I was trying but he was really good) and he started doing uphill repeats with his hands behind his back the whole way. He would insist that I and others do the same because it would make your back and core much stronger. He was right… and he never stopped doing that.

    By Chris Ronan on July 15th, 2009 at 10:59 am
  22. Rhonda – Great picture… I don’t have it but I do think I know the one you reference. And jumping over curbs, doing “stoppies” (reverse wheelies), and many others were in Chris’ deep bag of tricks. If anyone has some of the pics that Rhonda mentions such as the HHH Criterium, please forward!

    By Chris Ronan on July 15th, 2009 at 11:12 am
  23. Crosby – I remember that saying well. He used to say that no one should ever leave the state of Texas to pursue their wildest dreams of racing until they could beat him. There’s a lot of great advise in what many took as sarcasm. Fact is, if you could not beat him, there was a good chance you would go on the road and have your dreams crushed. He made it his mission to pummel all of us….because it was good for us. In beating him, it was like a golden pass to leave Texas and race among the other greats ones.

    By Chris Ronan on July 15th, 2009 at 11:14 am
  24. Chris was truly one of a kind. The thing I remember the most about Chris was one Friday evening he rode his bike over to Deep Ellum and after a night of drinking Chris decided to do some reverse wheelies. (Stoppies as Ronan called them) He ended up going over the bars and hyper-extending all or most of his 8 fingers when he hit the ground.

    The next day we had a criterium and Chris could hardly hold onto the bars use the brakes. (Who needs brakes? All they do is slow you down.) Chris still finished in 2nd place. He didn’t win because Rob Oltrazuewski(teammate – sorry if I butchered his last name) was off the front and won. We swept the top 4 places.

    What an animal!

    By Tom Hauk on July 15th, 2009 at 12:12 pm
  25. I knew Christopher in a whole different light. I met Chris 8 years ago when I met his brother Michael. Mike & I dated for 7 1/2 yrs and I got to know Chris outside of the cycling world. He was always such a prankster with me and seemed so serious. It was sometimes hard to figure him out. He, like Hernandito had mentioned in his blog, would give me that crazy-eye stare and then would burst out laughing like a crazy man. I would just laugh along with him. He could be very stern, but then loving at the same time. He comforted me when I couldn’t get it out of Mike. I haven’t seen Chris & Lorraine in several months and have missed them dearly & am so sorry for Lorraines loss as well as Mikes. I’m still in shock over this as is many of you are. I will always remember Christopher and his dry, but yet hilarious sense of humor. May he rest in peace. I love you & I’ll miss you Chris.

    By Joni Davis Anslum on July 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm
  26. I was shocked .I knew Chris From the eighties in Texas . One of his most amazing performances in my mind happen in Brookhaven Junior College. Chris pulls up in His red Volkswagen Jetta .It is the very professional “team like” with a nice bike rack. Nice blond girl jumps out ” nice rack ” too. He commences to take place in the crit . He gets off the front with Max Miley who is a up and coming rider . The two share pace , but Max is having trouble cornering on the twisty crit coarse. Chris proceeds to coach Max while the two are off the front motoring . I thought amusement to myself as you heard Chris saying that was better and you are getting it as they were spending off the bunch . By the end of the race , Max was a better at cornering and Chris was the winner . Another thing that always struck me , his mother was his number one fan and always at the races with her lawn chair cheering him on in the races . I thought over protective , but now I understand now . I left Texas to migrate to California . Long and behold,I ran into Chris @ the Sea Otter . He said he was living on the left coast . His faced looked rough and scarred. I thought maybe a major crash . So , I inquiried back to the friends in Texas about the scars on his face . I guess he had probably lipped off to the wrong bubba in Texas and got the crap beat out of him . That was inspiration to not lip off to drivers . I guess he lost his number one fan a few years ago ( His Mother ) It was sure nice to see him out here on the west coast. When I think about real racers , Chris Hipp is always a top thought .

    By Don Byrd on July 15th, 2009 at 3:17 pm
  27. Tom – I remember when not long after that Chris asked me if I could work on his bike. I worked at a bike shop at the time. And, he would always pay me an extra 20 bucks to clean it because he knew I needed the cash. Back then, Chris did not take such good care of his bikes. In fact, not only were they dirty, they were in a sad state from a mechanical perspective……. So, as I started to clean his rear cog-set, I noticed there were MANY missing teeth. For instance, his “12″ cog (because back then the smallest was a 12) was actually a “10.” There were at least two whole teeth that were broken off. His “13″ was also a “10.” The gears were in slightly better shape above that because as you know he rarely used those gears….they were pointless to him. I called Chris and told him about it and he did not think it was important enough to replace the cogs. In any case, the bike shop owner, Steve Dorris, gave me a funny look and just handed me a box with some new cogs… No charge from Steve. But it was pretty much the talk of the shop… Imagine, the one and only Chris Hipp’s bike is in your shop… The one he races on… and his gears are missing teeth? Have any of you seen such a thing? It was actually hilarious and in-human at the same time…

    By Chris Ronan on July 15th, 2009 at 7:31 pm
  28. Spoke with Roger today and it was so good to catch up. Thoughts lead me to times we would have lunch together. Just emailed this to Roger. It’s a quirkey detail about Hippster but kinda funny:

    “BTW, I don’t know why the hell I remembered this today but here’s one from the nostalgia files for you…. Remember when we used to meet at Spaghetti Warehouse for lunch all the time? Do you remember the bread cutting ritual that we had? I’ll play this out for you — Waiter arrives at table to take drink order, no bread in hand (points lost for that). We promptly ask for bread… not one, but two loaves. As bread was placed on table, we patiently waited for Hipp to grab the knife and hold bread delicately. Then, with a grinding swipe of the knife through the bread, Chris would have the heel. We always waited and watched with anticipation for Chris to grab the knife and take his heel. Who the hell likes the heel anyway???? Our Hippstar did. We were like dogs in a pack… Hipp the alpha. We could not eat our bread until he had his heel. I love that memory.”

    By Chris Ronan on July 15th, 2009 at 8:11 pm
  29. I just was on our Mirage 6:05 Pm Wed. ride and heard about Chris Hipp. I am in shock and speachless.

    Daniel

    By Daniel W. Bopp on July 15th, 2009 at 8:20 pm
  30. For Chris Hipp – In Memoriam
    A friend to us — a friend to our kids

    To An Athlete Dying Young
    A. E. Housman
    THE time you won your town the race
    We chaired you through the market-place;
    Man and boy stood cheering by,
    And home we brought you shoulder-high.

    To-day, the road all runners come, 5
    Shoulder-high we bring you home,
    And set you at your threshold down,
    Townsman of a stiller town.

    Smart lad, to slip betimes away
    From fields where glory does not stay, 10
    And early though the laurel grows
    It withers quicker than the rose.

    Eyes the shady night has shut
    Cannot see the record cut,
    And silence sounds no worse than cheers 15
    After earth has stopped the ears:

    Now you will not swell the rout
    Of lads that wore their honours out,
    Runners whom renown outran
    And the name died before the man. 20

    So set, before its echoes fade,
    The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
    And hold to the low lintel up
    The still-defended challenge-cup.

    And round that early-laurelled head 25
    Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
    And find unwithered on its curls
    The garland briefer than a girl’s.

    By Newt & Debby Ronan on July 15th, 2009 at 8:41 pm
  31. Scott – Chris stopped pedaling yesterday and our planet stopped rotating… This is just momentary though as Chris would want us to resume pedaling IMMEDIATELY!

    By Chris Ronan on July 15th, 2009 at 9:24 pm
  32. Wow…I am truly saddened by Chris’s passing and my deepest wishes go out to Lorraine and the rest of his family. I met Chris in 1994 through Chris Ronan. I had just started riding at that time and knew absolutely nothing about riding a bike. Like most people I put my bike away when I left for college.

    Chris went out of his way to be a great friend and mentor me, as I know he has mentored so many other cyclists.

    Last night I just sat there as some memories started to come back to me:

    • Chris showing up at White rock Lake in his time trial helmet and suit on his rollerblades and skating with us at 25 mph while we rode our bikes up and down the lake.

    • Chris Hipp and Chris Ronan riding in the rain and skidding their bikes sideways and laughing their heads off.

    • Chris training in nothing but his 53×14 no matter how slow I rode.

    • Showing me around his office and asking all my dumb questions about computers and technology on my many visits.

    • Always stopping by at my office to just chat years later as I too entered the technology world.

    • Staring down at me and shaking his head right after I managed to take down half of the Saturday North ride.

    • Teaching me how to do pursuits at White Rock and pushing me to ride at my limit.

    • Showing me that it’s ok to climb flag pole hill in your 53.

    • Riding the Hotter than Hell crit and killing all the pros.

    I am going to France on Friday for a week and will dedicate every pedal stroke in his name. I can think of a better place to remember him then among the alps, chasing the best cyclists in the world.

    Is there any interest in putting together a group of his friends at the Hotter than Hell that will ride together in his memory? Maybe we all ride the 35+ race?

    By Jorge Costa on July 16th, 2009 at 4:11 am
  33. I raced with Chris in the 80′s when he was starting he was amazing to watch you just had to be sure you watch him in the sprints . He had some amazing crashes and the year of the giant hole on his arm just kept landing on it. Smart man thou he always seemed to learn from his mistakes. I glad to see how long he stuck with the sport and at the top level. I always remember his mom the complete Chris fan , always there for him I am glad to have know him

    By Mark Switzer on July 16th, 2009 at 8:43 am
  34. The above story from Roger made me remember a race trip he, Sam Montag and I took back around 1990 on Chilis and Chris’s odd eating habits.

    We drove all night to Cleveland OH, raced a crit the next morning, then hopped in the car and drove 5 hours to Indy only to miss a crit in the evening by 5 minutes. Whole trip, Chris was only eating M&M peanuts – no kidding. Stayed at my parents, the next morning he resisted my Mom’s pancakes for a couple of hours, said he was fine with his M&M peanuts, then broke down and somehow managed to eat 3 of the pancakes – these are Midwestern pancakes, they fill up an entire plate and are about 1 inch thick.

    We raced that evening in a local crit, first half of the race Chris was belly-aching about how bad he felt – blamed it on the pancakes. Then managed to get 2nd in the finish – as usual Sam and I attempted to lead him out, but Chris found his own line out of the pack – kinda like a bowling ball as it goes thru the pins ;-)

    He went back to his strict diet of M&M peanuts on the drive back to Dallas. Funny guy, good memories.

    By Bob Reveal on July 16th, 2009 at 1:58 pm
  35. It takes roughly 20 hours to drive to Michigan. In the summer of 1991, Chris and I were driving to the Tour of Michigan (at the time it was a pretty big pro-level race circuit of about ten days). He was working for Global Computing (sponsor of our racing team along with Chili’s). Chris had just unboxed the first ever Apple notebook with a color screen. We had it in the car with us. On that drive, Chris could tell I was curious about the computer. I did not even know how to turn it on… While he was driving, he gave me a personal tutorial of Adobe Illustrator. I learned how to make circles and squares, color them, and all kinds of things. On the way back, we worked on layering techniques and learned all the primary hot keys. That’s how I learned to use a computer.

    I believe the laptop was an Apple PowerBook Duo 270c. In the back seat of the car, Chris has his Quadra 700 with a 20 inch monitor! Wow, that was one high tech racing VW Jetta.

    Here’s a picture of our team that year:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopher_ronan/118614106/in/set-72057594091627064/

    By Chris Ronan on July 16th, 2009 at 2:42 pm
  36. I was very saddened to hear the news about Chris. I thought it only appropriate to have his memory live on over in France. It is not a guaranteed they will include my message, but I have requested the following to be painted on the roads of the Tour by Chalkbot.

    “54X11 Chris Hipp 8/1961-7/2009″

    (I was limited to 30 characters, but your introduction was fitting).

    Thank you for sharing pieces of his life.

    Jennifer

    By Jennifer Prim on July 16th, 2009 at 8:40 pm
  37. Hi Jennifer – Amazing idea. Are you over there in France now? Would be amazing to see that if it does in fact happen. Awesome.

    By Chris Ronan on July 16th, 2009 at 9:00 pm
  38. I had the privilege of getting to know Chris during his short tour in The Woodlands, TX. Chris was right behind me one day as I slammed into a truck at 30 mph that pulled out in front of our group. As I was about to get up Chris pushed me back to the ground and said “Don’t get up”. I said but Chris, I’m ok. Chris said, “Yeah but the guy in the truck doesn’t know that”. Two weeks later I had a check for $5,400 for a new bike and my troubles.

    By Steve Knight on July 17th, 2009 at 1:31 pm
  39. Classic, Steve, Classic…

    By Chris Ronan on July 17th, 2009 at 1:56 pm
  40. Had it not been for Chris, I probably wouldn’t be using a computer to type this note today. Thus, in tribute to him, I’ll use DOS cut & paste commands to insert my remarks from another thread (knowing that it’d piss him off if I didn’t make full use of the skills I learned from him). So, here you go…

    When they made “The Hippster”, they broke the mold. He was a fast guy, and I was a slow one. He nevertheless took the time to ride with me, and challenged me to be the best I could become. He was a consummate competitor, incessantly curious, good natured, energetic and great pal. From the 20+ years I’ve known Chris, I have enough (great) stories to write a novel–which is sometihng this guy and the life he lived probably deserve. Given the space allotted, however, I’ll simply say that I’m very, very sad to have lost him, but very glad to have known him–and I’ll take comfort in knowing that he jammed a couple hundred years of living into all-too-short a life…

    By Jim Clutts, Jr. on July 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
  41. I’m very sorry to hear about Chris. He was a great friend and he helped me with advice on riding and business.

    One memory that really stands out in my mind was when I built him a custom frame when he designed my “Atherton” logo. I finished the frame on a Tuesday afternoon and quickly built it up with all of his parts except wheels in my shop located in Arlington. Then I drove 90 minutes in traffic to Plano to meet Chris at the Tuesday night crit and deliver his bike. Chris pulls up 5 minutes before the start, I install the pedals and his Corima 4 spoke wheels while he changed clothes. We then rode to the starting line and raced. (Note: He had ZERO warm-up or time on a brand new bike!) After a few laps of the race he told me that the bike feels good, this was not long before he jumped across to the winning breakaway of 4 riders. He ended up either winning the race or taking second on his brand new frame. Most woouldn’t think of changing anything just before a race or even putting on any new parts without a chance to go out for a ride first.

    Wish I had been able to stay in touch with Chris more since his move to CA. It’s good to read everyone’s memories of Chris. RIP Chris, we’ll all miss you.

    By Boyd Atherton on July 17th, 2009 at 7:40 pm
  42. I would like to express my deepest sympathy for everyone whom Chris loved and for those who loved him…..his sister, his family, his best friend of 15 years with whom he shared his life–Lorraine, his friends and his teammates. I am deeply saddened to hear the news of his death.

    I did not know Chris. I met him only once. It was at the memorial gathering of another cyclist, my son, John Peckham of Alto Velo. John was killed on his bike by a guy high on meth and alcohol in Sept. of ’06. Chris was the first to arrive at the scene. He came to my son’s memorial and made it a point to seek me out and hand me his card and tell me that if I ever wanted to talk about the way it was, the real truth, to please call him. He did not know my son nor did he ride for Alto Velo but I’m pretty sure they raced each other. John was in the 2′s in 2006 when he died. If Chris was in the 1′s or 2′s at that time I’m sure they must have raced together.

    It took me 3 months to respond to his compassionate offer. I made sure to put his card in a safe place where I could find it later because I wasn’t ready yet but I knew this was a guy I wanted to talk to. I emailed him(as I said, 3 months later) and he replied, “I knew you would contact me but I wondered what took you so long.” His words. After reading many of the posts I think I know that he was the kind of guy that wanted to get to the point, and I also felt after speaking with him 2 x for over an hour each time on the phone and through 3 emails that he needed to talk to me as much as I needed to talk to him. He wanted to unload on the person closest to the horror he had witnessed and I wanted to talk to the person who could give me the real eye-witness report of that horror. Not some cop, not some EMT, but a cyclist who saw the entire scene. At that point we needed each other. I will forever be grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to know that my son did not suffer. I hope he didn’t suffer either. If it was indeed a P.E. I don’t think he did. And, I’m sorry Chris, that it took me 3 months. That’s a long time in the life of a computer guru, I’m sure.

    For Chris, that day in Sept. of ’06 was an awful experience to happen upon. I know. I saw the devastation in the E.D. at Stanford. In a certain way, and I hope this doesn’t sound unfeeling, I think it is a good thing that Chris’ Mom died BEFORE she had to hear of his death. It’s the natural order.

    I am so glad that I got to talk to him because he wanted to assure me that my son was dead at the scene. Something not in the records. Knowing what little I know about him, after reading these posts, I have much more faith in his assessment. He was very descriptive and minced no words. He got to the point, told me how devastating it was for him, so much so that he had nightmares.

    I was fortunate to have met him on those unfortunate and very sad terms but I think it speaks volumes for him to have wanted me to know that my son didn’t suffer. The fact I needed to know the most.

    Newt and Debbie Ronan (comment #30) posted the poem from which 2 3/4 years ago I took my son’s epitaph. “To an Athlete Dying Young” by A.E. Houseman. It gave me shivers to read it again in reference to the man who found my dead cyclist son while training on his bike.
    I chose the words from that poem for my son’s stone:

    “Today, the road all runners come,
    Shoulder high we bring you home,
    And set you at your threshold down
    Townsman of a stiller town.

    Young lad, you slipped betimes away
    From fields where glory does not stay.”

    I belive you, Chris. I believe that John didn’t suffer and I also believe you didn’t suffer either and a part of me knows that you left us climbing to the top of your game: “You slipped betimes away from fields where glory does not stay.” Both you and my son left the world as winners.

    May you both rest in peace. Thank you so much. I grieve for you and those that lost you. I am so very sorry.
    Mary Ann Parker
    [email protected]

    By Mary Ann Parker on July 18th, 2009 at 9:23 pm
  43. I was shocked to hear that Chris has left us. He was a good friend and I will miss him. He helped me start my business and introduced me to many influential people. Chris seemed to know everybody and everybody liked to be around him. He was very creative and had an incredible energy and vitality. He was always willing to help when I asked and without his help I would not have gotten my business as far as I did. We would meet at Cafe Borrone to discuss the future, the past, and present. Chris, why did you have to leave so soon?

    By Dan Maltbie on July 20th, 2009 at 9:50 am
  44. Chris was,IS, and always will be an inspiration to all who know him. He will be missed by so very many people in so many different walks of life. It’s incredible when you stop to consider that this young man has touched so many people throughout his life… or LIFES really!

    I met Chris at RLX when we began working with them (Chris, Lorraine, Steve, Tim and so many others) and I thought he was about the coolest guy I’d ever met. He immediately became a role model for me, (although I didn’t tell a soul) with the tech, the cycling and just doing what he knew to do without hesitation and regardless of perceived odds.

    He always did that I guess. I’m in shock, but I’m honored to have known Chris and I send my deepest thoughts and prayers to Lorraine and their families. May his memory burn as passionately as he lived!

    By John Martin on July 20th, 2009 at 12:36 pm
  45. Shocked to hear about Chris last week. I remember when I started riding for Plano in the early 00′s, and met Chris. He just grunted at me, and then didn’t acknowledge me for about a year. Then one day, we were riding at the lake…just me and him…and I told him that I remember seeing him race in the old Tour of Texas in curcuit race stage at Flagpole Hill, and how I remembered all the locals cheering him. He lit up, and he proceded to talk non-stop for the next two hours, telling me racing stories one after the other. After that he was always super-nice to me…I guess he considered me a fan (and I was). Glad to have known him.

    Leaving this world on your bike…we should all be so lucky. Beats a hospital bed.

    By Craig Miller on July 21st, 2009 at 5:17 am
  46. I’m going to miss Chris Hipp. He left this place way too early.

    Like many of you Chris was not easy to warm up to. We met as competitors and then spent more time on training rides when he was thinking of moving to Cali. His reaction to riding up the tree lined climb on Palomares road was classic Hippster “if I lived here I’d do this climb every day”. As most know, there’s a few wineries at the top of the climb which meant we were carrying at least six bottles of wine down the 40mph descent.

    Chris, you will be missed! Nollie

    By Larry Nolan on July 22nd, 2009 at 10:07 am
  47. Yesterday, Saturday July 25, we hosted dinner for a group of accomplished musicians including residents of the U.S., Argentina & Russia. We toasted the players and the composers and then, over a glass of good Vodka, told Chris’ story and raised a toast to “Chris Hipp — 54 X 11 — a fellow artist gone too soon”

    By Newt & Debby Ronan on July 26th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  48. Today is Aug 6, 2009. Birthday of our friend Chris HippStar.
    We revel in Texas, California, and beyond. I will one day return to Barcelona and South of France where we flew and proclaimed the cycle of life a convincing Truism.
    And the choir sings tonite:
    “There must be over 50,000 screaming love and devotion to you. You will rise to a greater power. You’ve got the Power and Glory. Forever and ever and ever.”
    I felt your Starlight thru my walls of stress today. Chris, you understood what power was. Chris you
    underdtood what glory is. “To conquer death, you only have to die.”
    Chris did not have a deathwish. Chris lived a LifeWish. Close your eyes and everythings alright tonite. Smile a dirty, crooked grin tonite. See ya on the road. HoverHawk
    [email protected]

    By David Worthington on August 6th, 2009 at 11:07 pm
  49. [...] 14, 2009. That’s the day the Hippster passed. I already had an appointment to have my throat examined by the doctor and even with the [...]

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