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‘Cosmic Ray,’ Author of Arizona Biking and Mountain climbing Guides, Dies at 74

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“Cosmic Ray” has taken off on his final nice journey.

Ray Brutti, the Flagstaff-based author of common Arizona native guides on mountain biking and climbing, died on October 2 at age 74. A web-based obituary exhibits he is survived by his spouse of 40 years, Marcia Wiesner, daughter Elena Brutti, cousins, and “his many associates worldwide.”

Recognized to some because the “father of mountain biking in Flagstaff,” Brutti was a 33-year-old bicycle fanatic in 1979 when he moved to the northern Arizona mountain city, having accomplished a number of bike excursions in Europe as nicely within the States. He bought his identify whereas working as a motorbike mechanic at Cosmic Cycles, however Cosmic Ray turned a family identify for a lot of Arizona adventurers after the primary version of Fats Tire Tales and Trails was printed in 1988, when mountain biking was simply beginning to turn into a factor.

He went on to publish three guides to the state’s greatest biking and climbing trails which have seen a pair dozen revisions over time. The covers to the guides and paintings inside, drawn by Eric Berg, together with snarky written descriptions of the paths, assist make Cosmic Ray’s books immediately recognizable at out of doors shops throughout the state.

“My maps are tough like mountain biking, not an actual science,” Brutti wrote in a 1993 version. “It is laborious and soiled. It is enjoyable and it hurts. Actual sport for actual folks.”

Brutti was a frequent customer at Babbitt’s Backcountry Outfitters in Flagstaff, mentioned an worker, Cullen, who requested to be recognized solely by his first identify. The guides nonetheless promote nicely, and workers usually suggest them to out-of-town guests, he mentioned.

“All the staff had been accustomed to him,” Cullen mentioned. “He would are available in and say hello. It is undoubtedly a loss. He was a giant a part of the Flagstaff scene right here.”