The Goelzer family asked me to send out this sad information below to the Carolina cycling community about Matt Bryan Goelzer.
Matt passed away Saturday, July 10. When Matt and his older brother Tim were children, they moved with their family from Detroit, MI to the Charlotte area. Matt was a 1991 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School. Matt started mountain bike racing in the early 90's. He moved through the ranks and by the mid 90's had his pro mountain bike card and raced for Defeet. In 2000, Matt had an accident with a vehicle while training out on the road and shortly after had another accident during a crit in Charlotte. Matt struggled with head injuries but worked extremely hard over the years to regain his blazing speed on the mountain bike. In 2009, Matt finished 17th among the Vet Men at the brutal 65 mile Off Road Assault on Mt Mitchell with a time of 6:37:31. Matt was a great guy with huge heart and will be sorely missed by friends, family and the cycling community.
Matt's Celebration of Life Ceremony:
Saturday July 17th at 11am
Catawba Heights Baptist Church
311 Belmont Rd
Mount Holly, NC 28012
After the service, there will be a reception of friends and family at the church. Bruce Stewart with Lola's will cater the reception at the church...so bring your appetite.
In lieu of flowers we are asking for donations to be made in honor of Matthew Bryan Goelzer to "Carolina Thread Trail.Org or Mail to: 105 West Moorehead St. Charlotte, NC 28202.
I personally want to say "thank you" to everyone for all the phone calls, text messages, e-mails and Facebook messages.
If anyone would like to visit Kristy, Michelle or I, you are all more than welcome. Please call Michelle at 704.718.6479 or myself at 704.254.9048 before coming by the house. Our address is 505 Academy Circle, McAdenville, NC 28101.
Tim Goelzer and Family