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Title: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 24, 2013, 12:01

 :(
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Post by: just some guy on November 24, 2013, 17:27

RIP
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Post by: just some guy on November 24, 2013, 17:33
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Post by: ansimi on November 24, 2013, 17:47
So sad :'(

I think we might need a special memorial thread here the all-too-common losses to the cycling community.
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Post by: just some guy on November 24, 2013, 17:51
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Post by: L'arri on July 11, 2014, 16:48
Fifty nine year old former pro Jean-Louis Gauthier was found dead next to his bike near Angoulême, almost certainly the result of a heart attack.

Gauthier won two stages of the Tour de France and also wore the yellow jersey in the 1983 edition.

Source: Sud Ouest via Paul Kimmage on Twitter

http://www.sudouest.fr/2014/07/11/charente-un-ancien-maillot-jaune-du-tour-de-france-retrouve-mort-a-cote-de-son-velo-1612910-813.php (FR)
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Post by: Leadbelly on August 30, 2014, 11:45
http://www.nieuwsblad.be/SportWereld/cnt/DMF20140830_01241812

No details yet.
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Post by: LukasCPH on August 30, 2014, 15:51
That link of Leadbelly's is about the junior ITT world champion, Igor Decraene, being found dead.
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Post by: Leadbelly on August 30, 2014, 16:33
http://www.afp.com/en/node/2780914

Suicide supposedly.
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Post by: Tuart on September 01, 2014, 00:41
Cycling is not a healthy sport. Too often the focus is on the doping circus and all health and wellbeing of the riders are ignored. These youngsters, and others looking to step up are already pushed to the limit physically, then you add on the pressure of competition and trying to survive/make it in that environment.

And it really doesn't get better moving up either. Pity JV didn't answer my question during the Q&A. Cycling is still stuck in the 1900s.
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Post by: search on September 01, 2014, 08:03
that's true Tuart

although in this case, Decraene's family has now said it was no suicide but he was hit by that train by accident
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Post by: Tuart on September 01, 2014, 08:59
that's true Tuart

although in this case, Decraene's family has now said it was no suicide but he was hit by that train by accident

Yeah, still doesn't change anything I said, just means it's not linked with a suicide by Decraene. Sad all round
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Post by: just some guy on September 04, 2014, 20:47
https://twitter.com/friebos/status/507611764578467840


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Post by: Echoes on September 20, 2014, 11:37
http://www.lesoir.be/659487/article/sports/cyclisme/2014-09-20/cycliste-pino-cerami-est-decede

I'm so sad, right now. You can't know how much of a loved figure Pino was in the Walloon land.

Was the oldest Paris-Roubaix winner still alive. There's not much I want to add, right now.  :we all gonna die:
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Post by: LukasCPH on September 20, 2014, 13:47
Rest in peace Pino. :(
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Post by: Echoes on June 09, 2016, 12:16
Horrible news. A 27 year old Belgian cyclist of Hermée, near Liège committed suicide, jumping off the viaduct of Remouchamps, close to the Redoute, his favourite climb.

Vincent Tilkin raced as an amateur for the club of Haccourt a town near the Dutch border (near Liege). He had a real passion for cycling. "Cycling was everything for him. It's the only thing he had in his life", said his father. He also was an employee at the Belgian railway company.

the Viaduct of Remouchamps is known as the "bridge of the suicidals". Local authorities have erected barriers on it to dissuade the desperate ones (as you can see on the picture on the left).

(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/149669Vincenttilkin.png)

(http://si.rosselcdn.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/pagallery_450x300/2016/06/08/1416301696_B978892805Z.1_20160608221613_000_GEO6VIMUJ.1-0.jpg)
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Post by: Echoes on June 23, 2016, 16:08
The Miller of Pistoia. The man who defied Coppi. Dual winner of Milan-Sanremo and last Italian to do so before 17 years. Founder of the ITT race Firenze-Pistoia and former consultant for the RAI.

RIP Loretto Petrucci

http://www.repubblica.it/sport/ciclismo/2016/06/17/news/morto_loretto_petrucci-142256387/ (http://www.repubblica.it/sport/ciclismo/2016/06/17/news/morto_loretto_petrucci-142256387/)
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Post by: LukasCPH on August 16, 2016, 20:59
https://twitter.com/ZoeBizoe/status/765610805635186688

Rest in peace Lucien Blyau.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqAUpfpXEAAJjo2.jpg:large)
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Post by: Echoes on January 01, 2017, 13:33
It took me half an hour to open the page but I really wished to celebrate the legend of Ferdi Kübler which hopefully will live on forever. Rest in Peace, young man (1919-2016).

RIP to Étienne Fabre, Daniel Willems and Edgard Sorgeloos who also passed away in late 2016. Very harsh for cyclists.  :(


Edit: and now René De Clercq, a former accomplished cyclocrosser in the late sixties and father of Mario De Clercq, first celebrity to pass away in 2017. Nice year start.  :(
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Post by: Echoes on February 03, 2017, 10:24
RIP Jean Bogaerts (19/01/1925-02/02/2017)

First winner of the Omloop in 1945. Won it back in 1951.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ugHHxfgMqGk/VFn6HO4i5fI/AAAAAAAAz_M/9uJVONjaah4/w1200-h630-p-k-nu/BOGAERTS%2BJean%2B-%2B2.jpg)
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Post by: just some guy on February 07, 2017, 10:29
https://twitter.com/bikecomesfirst/status/828909401255841792
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Post by: search on February 08, 2017, 16:15
https://twitter.com/bikecomesfirst/status/828909401255841792

I never heard about him, to be honest - but I really like this picture, posted on Ride's Facebook page earlier on today:

(https://scontent-fra3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/16602122_1338351452896255_8771568366190031477_o.jpg?oh=c2bbce17e50aebf49ad8a3de22e391ae&oe=59040208)

edit: here's the interview with him, during which the photo was taken:

The Lamentation - When unheralded racer Roger Walkowiak won the Tour de France in an upset, he lost the respect of a nation (http://www.bicycling.com/culture/people/lamentation)
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Post by: Echoes on February 08, 2017, 20:08
It was a few weeks ago but I'd like to pay my respect to Giovanni Corrieri (07/02/1920-22/01/2017). Just a fortnight before his 97th birthday.  :(

In say that several cycling haters claimed that because of the "bomba", riders from the fifties were doomed to die young.

Giovanni Corrieri remaineda faithful gregario to Gino Bartali from his debut till the end of the latter's career. Despite that status he managed to win 10 GT stage and the very coveted season-opener Sassari-Cagliari.

In a book that I really enjoyed "Le Lion de Toscane: la véridique histoire de Gino Bartali" by Jean-Paul Ollivier (Aurore, 1991), there's a picture of Giovanni Corrieri at home with an imposing painting of his famous leader hanging on his wall. It impressed me.

(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/312267Photo012.jpg)

How many riders of that era remain now? I can think of Émile Idée born on 19 July 1920 or of Bernard Gauthier born on 22 September 1924, Raphael Geminiani or Roger Decock, etc. There are fewer and fewer of them. :(
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on February 08, 2017, 20:57
In say that several cycling haters claimed that because of the "bomba", riders from the fifties were doomed to die young.
What's the "bomba"?
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Echoes on February 08, 2017, 21:31
In Italy in the fifties it referred to a cocktail of amphetamines. Coppi famously said riders took it and it was not worth talking to those who claimed otherwise.
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: just some guy on February 09, 2017, 10:57
https://twitter.com/quickstepteam/status/829644490528915457
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Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on February 09, 2017, 11:05
Terrible news.
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Post by: Echoes on February 10, 2017, 07:59
What I've been told about Serge Baguet - and should be remembered of him - when he was still racing is that in the first part of his career (1991-1996) he was one of these talented Belgian Lotto riders who got totally cheated by EPO riders.

I'd refer to this post of mine: http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=8279.0 (sorry it's not nice to quote oneself)

Baguet won the Tryptique ardennais as an amateur, that classifies you. The best Ardennes specialists won it at that time. In 1993 he still could top10 the Walloon Arrow but then nothing of note until he stopped in 1996 and started working as a roof worker for 3 years.

His come back was a mystery to me. What I've been told is less nice and it's probably not the right time to say but well maybe he changed his mind about ... (or not) Right away he won a stage at the Tour of France, 3rd at Amstel Gold, 5th at San Sebastian ... In anyway was there in history a rider who came back to cycling after three years? (other than in the context of the WW's of course) Frans Verbeeck came back after one year working as a milkman.

So what I'll remember of him is that he was a victim of the worst era in cycling history and had to do a very hard job instead before getting back to cycling after three years.
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Post by: Echoes on February 16, 2017, 08:37
RIP Piet Rentmeester, winner of the 1962 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

He's also known as the "Pregnant cyclist" after having reportedly frauded at a dope test with the urine of his pregnant wife. He's always denied it.


http://static1.omroepzeeland.nl/nieuws/2017-02-13/1089053/oud-wielrenner-piet-rentmeester-78-overleden-video#.WKVkk2_hC70

http://www.omroepzeeland.nl/nieuws/2015-02-18/815508/zwangere-wielrenner-na-50-jaar-ik-heb-niet-gefraudeerd#.WKVk_2_hC72
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Post by: Echoes on February 27, 2017, 15:31
RIP Vito Ortelli (05/07/1921-24/02/2017)

Another long-living Italian rider of the immediate post War era has gone. He regularly top10 Milan-Sanremo and the Tour of Italy and won Milan-Turin, the Tour of Piedmont and the Tour of Romagna.

It's amazing how many Italian riders of that era have had a very long life.  :cool
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Post by: search on April 22, 2017, 09:07
sad news from Italy. #astana Michele Scarponi has died in an accident this morning :(

http://www.gazzetta.it/Ciclismo/22-04-2017/morto-michele-scarponi-vittima-tragico-incidente-stradale-filottrano-190903631920.shtml?cmpid=shortener_c8933b3cpQ
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Post by: Flo on April 22, 2017, 09:09
Oh no no not Michele... his wife... his twins... Can't stop sobbing...
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Post by: just some guy on April 22, 2017, 09:11
It really is sh*t news to read

From a fan point he was one of those guys you liked even though you questioned where a lot of the performances came from, seemed a really nice guy. and Super funny, always smiling

those Frankie videos were always something to look forward to  :( :(
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Post by: just some guy on April 22, 2017, 09:19
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C99jnlmXsAAfY0f.jpg)

last photo on his twitter account
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Post by: AG on April 22, 2017, 10:03
 :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(
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Post by: Mellow Velo on April 22, 2017, 11:06
For me what makes this tragedy even more shocking is the immediacy, given that little more than fifteen hours ago, he was upbeat at interview, chatting about attacking on Monte Bondone, because he was feeling good.
Then true to his word, he did and ended the race, rolling over the line in the elite lead group.

For those old enough to remember as adults, it's left me with a very similar feeling upon waking up on that fateful, Valentine's day, back in 2004.
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Post by: Joelsim on April 22, 2017, 11:07
Simply horrendous.
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Post by: Francois the Postman on April 22, 2017, 11:34
Gutted after seeing the news appear in my online paper this morning.

Indeed MV, the world needs more pirates, not less. That's a big gap all of a sudden, which the other day still had a happy go lucky Michele in it. Sod cycling, father too. What a waste.
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Post by: t-72 on April 22, 2017, 12:04
 :(  :(  :( :(
That's sad. In later years I admired him for being one of the sports real personalities (not just sports machines). I love birds (due to allergy issues the tame ones in my house have been gone for years) and it was the videos of him with the parrot Frankie that made me see more than the cyclist. Still, it was as a cyclist I was looking forward to see him next time, as the Astana captain in the Giro. Now my best memory of him (besides training with Frankie) will be the finale of last year's Giro where he was a key rider in the attack that won the maglia rosa for Nibali.
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Post by: Not My Circus on April 22, 2017, 12:20
I can't add much except to say I agree with all you guys have written above. When the first tweet came through this morning I sat there hoping so much it was some awful mistake. But it wasn't and the sport is poorer place without his personality. That ready smile and laughter, the parrot, the songs, his love of life and his family ... all of it brought me to appreciate him more as a rider. Backwards I know, but that's how it was for me. 

I can't imagine how it is for his family...those two boys, his wife. Life is fragile my friends and we have to live it while we can..

https://twitter.com/friebos/status/855707665456140288
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Post by: DJW on April 22, 2017, 12:22
Absolutely stunned this morning. Such a tragedy for his family, but a huge loss for the cycling community too.

Enjoyed watching him in the Alps the past week and he was first pick for my Giro CQ team like most years because of his guaranteed ability to perform at some level.

I came to cycling probably after his best years and Giro win, but like has been said above that didn't stop him making an impression. he has been a key super Dom for numerous Astana riders, selfless for his team but also a guy who was entertaining and I always enjoyed seeing get a good result.

The Giro and cycling in general will be diminished for his loss.
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Post by: just some guy on April 22, 2017, 13:05
when we talk last of a generation maybe this is it re Italian cycling  :(
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Post by: killswitch on April 22, 2017, 19:55
Still can't believe it...  :(
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Post by: just some guy on April 22, 2017, 19:58
https://twitter.com/AstanaTeam/status/855841245821886465

 :TT :TT
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Post by: Mellow Velo on April 22, 2017, 20:10
 Gosh, that is so moving, it's hard too watch.
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Post by: ansimi on April 23, 2017, 03:38
I enjoyed watching him talk as much as I enjoyed watching him ride. And I don't even understand Italian! But his eyes were always sparkling and he was so animated.

That video is great.
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Post by: Sizzle on April 23, 2017, 03:55
Wish I knew what to say, really. I'm still stunned. Really can't believe Boots could be gone. Love the vid of Michele & Frankje. flip, just awful news.

Cycling is extraordinary, full of such life-affirming, exhilarating joys and then such gut-wrenching sadnesses way, way too often.
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Post by: ciranda on April 23, 2017, 11:40
Life is very hard. I read search's message and the article yesterday morning, then had to get out to get milk and stuff, thinking about Michele. I like the way he rides a lot (past tense now) with legs seemingly stretched just right for each pedal stroke and the circular motion of the hips and try to remember and copy when I go out. On the way back I stopped behind a car that had stopped for a funeral procession. There was a line of cars slowly passing behind the black car a little like ammiraglie in the neutral zone before a cycle race. Two days ago someone I know was in hospital for surgery and though it was a routine procedure I was worried anyway. Thursday I had brought her a stuffed animal parrot like this as a mascot. Everything is going ok for now.

(https://content.gucca.dk/covers/180/o/r/orbys-papegoeje-bamse-15cm_344186.jpg)
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Post by: Flo on April 23, 2017, 22:11
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-HyFvvW0AYTqsk.jpg)
Frankje paying tribute  <3
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Post by: LukasCPH on April 24, 2017, 12:21
Scarponi will be buried in his cycling kit:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/scarponi-to-be-buried-in-his-cycling-kit/ (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/scarponi-to-be-buried-in-his-cycling-kit/)

The driver of the van was a local, and is well-known by the family, says Scarponi's father: “We know each other well. I’ve lost a son, but I’m thinking of him too,” Scarponi’s father, Giacomo, said. :'(
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Post by: just some guy on April 24, 2017, 12:25
Frankie was there waiting this morning

 :(

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-KT0dhW0AAJucP.jpg)
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Flo on April 24, 2017, 20:40
(http://2.citynews-anconatoday.stgy.ovh/~media/original-hi/28144146633475/l-arrivo-della-moglie-e-dei-gemellini-2-2-2.jpg)
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Post by: Flo on April 26, 2017, 09:08
Shivers
http://as.com/videos/2017/04/25/portada/1493133694_995555.html
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Post by: Flo on April 29, 2017, 15:49
21-year old Chad Young #axeon died tonight after his crash in the Tour of the Gila. RIP :( :(
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Post by: just some guy on April 29, 2017, 19:25
RIP :(

https://twitter.com/Velorooms/status/858386718243815424
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Post by: LukasCPH on April 29, 2017, 23:12
In place of an obituary:
Telling stories of Chad Young (http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/stories-chad-young_436756)

Rest in peace, young man. We hardly knew ye. :'(
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Post by: AG on April 30, 2017, 01:56
 :( :( :( :(
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on May 02, 2017, 08:48
https://twitter.com/ProCyclingStats/status/859298039873372160
:(
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Post by: Flo on May 02, 2017, 17:09
There's more, still. Raimondas Rumsas' 21-year-old son, Linas, was found dead in his home this morning.

https://twitter.com/Cicloweb_it/status/859437809479938048

What a horrible time for cycling. :(
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Post by: killswitch on May 05, 2017, 14:03
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr47WCuWpEk

Astana publish 'farewell interview' with Michele Scarponi (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/astana-publish-farewell-interview-with-michele-scarponi-video/)

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“He’s from Montoro, where my grandparents live, and it was after the Tour that Nibali won, in 2014, I was out on my bike, and then, ‘what the hell – a parrot above my head? Mamma mia.’ He started to dive towards me and I had to grab the brakes. When you’re seeing parrots that means it’s time to head home. But as soon as I set off again he attacked again and I got really scared.

“This hunt continued for months. And then I said, ‘Enough! I need to talk to his owner – I can’t train’. I came to Montoro and saw him right away, sitting on the shoulder of his owner’s friend. He put him on my shoulder and that was a breakthrough. Perhaps Frankje concluded he’d signed with Astana, or that I was a parrot like him. Anyway, we started training together, slowly at first. But now he accompanies me, flying along for 10-15km.

 :lol  :(
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Flo on May 05, 2017, 14:28
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr47WCuWpEk

Astana publish 'farewell interview' with Michele Scarponi (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/astana-publish-farewell-interview-with-michele-scarponi-video/)

 :lol  :(
<3 <3 <3
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: just some guy on May 31, 2017, 07:02
https://twitter.com/axeonhb/status/869758626398785537
 :( :(
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Ram on August 19, 2017, 09:54
Just caught up with the passing away of Reg Arnold last month.

Who's he? He's the greatest Australian cyclist you've probably never heard of. 103 six day races, 16 victories, twice European champion and a double world champion... Yet often referred to as Roger Arnold even in his day.

Went to Europe early in his career and made his name there. His breakthrough came in the New York 6 days in 1949 with Alf Strom.. They got very lucky in that organisational delays (publicity related) resulted in them cancelling bookings for the flight to New York which later crashed- the Lockheed constellation where all on board were killed.

He did come back to Australia in 1954 after he got injured and won the inaugural Tour of Tasmania, which was a fairly local field. He was also caught five metres from the line at that year's Warnambool after starting with a 10min handicap when he wished to be scratch.

In 1955, the Paris 6 day was a three man event and Australia sent in a pretty decent side - Reg Arnold, Sid Patterson and Russell Mockridge- three of the best individual talents to emerge from there. Of course, Mockridge had no 6 day experience and only peaked 3 years later (not long before his unfortunate death). *As I forgot to mention, they won the event by 2 laps.

He raced with and against van Looy and van Steenbergen.

He returned to Australia once and for all in 1963 amid no fanfare and lost both his brothers, who introduced him to cycling, within a year. His memory was sharp right till the end as evidenced by his interview to the cycling Victoria podcast, and maintained that the reason for most of his competitors not living full lives was in part due to drugs.

He was also not a fan of handicap racing. "That's for the apes, handicap racing." A view also shared by opperman.

He received the OAM in 2012 and his nephew has written a book about him Reg Arnold- sixday man.
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Post by: Leadbelly on December 22, 2017, 10:31
https://twitter.com/zikloland/status/944151397301391360
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Echoes on January 06, 2018, 11:51
Jacky Durand's father Henri (aged 80) had been reported missing since 25 November when he was having a cycling ride. His body might've been found drowned in a pond between Ballots and Saint-Michel-la-Roë in the Mayenne.  :(

http://campdesrecrues.com/2018/01/le-corps-du-p-re-du-cycliste-jacky-durand-retrouv-mayenne/
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on August 25, 2018, 20:55
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/javier-otxoa-dies-aged-43-after-long-illness/ (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/javier-otxoa-dies-aged-43-after-long-illness/)
:'(

I can remember cheering Javier Otxoa up Hautacam in front of the TV 18 years ago like it was yesterday. The brave little Basque climber in that gorgeous Kelme kit against an all-conquering Lance Armstrong who ate into the gap with every pedal stroke, hell-bent on taking a stage win that would be a footnote for himself, but the breakthrough for Otxoa. In my memory, Otxoa still had almost 1:30 minutes at the flamme rouge, and he lost half that on the final kilometre. But he persevered.

(https://images0.persgroep.net/rcs/6t78EvW68k-V1w4Bfic1pVUJK0Q/diocontent/15749328/_fitwidth/694/?appId=21791a8992982cd8da851550a453bd7f&quality=0.9)

Less than a year later, his twin brother Ricardo was dead, and Javier was in a coma with brain injury, possibly irreversible, hit by a car on a training ride.
Javier woke up again after two months, re-learned how to use his body, and eventually returned to cycling, winning Paralympic gold and silver medals.

Now Javier has followed Ricardo to the other side.
May you rest in peace, Javier, and thank you.
Thank you for that July day in the year 2000 when you made a 13-year-old boy fall in love with cycling.
I can't think of a more worthy wearer of the ancient olive wreath.

(https://fotos00.laopinion.es/mmp/2018/08/24/328x206/javier-otxoa.jpg)
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 29, 2018, 15:00
Andrea Manfredi (with Bardiani-CSF in 2014 and 2015) is among the victims of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia.
Rest in peace.

https://twitter.com/Bardiani_CSF/status/1056926773848559617
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 07, 2018, 11:38
https://www.ridemedia.com.au/features/jonathan-cantwell-dies-aged-36/ (https://www.ridemedia.com.au/features/jonathan-cantwell-dies-aged-36/)

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It is understood that Cantwell died late in the evening of 6 November 2018 after spending much of the day with family and friends. There are no suspicious circumstances.
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A testicular cancer scare came shortly after the unceremonious end of his racing days and, in typical Cantwell style, he battled on and insisted he would beat the illness. Surgery on a tumour and subsequent treatment saw him overcome it a few years ago and he seemed set to get on with The Next Phase of his life.

Sounds likely that the cancer returned, this time fatally. :(
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: pastronef on November 07, 2018, 21:16
https://www.ridemedia.com.au/features/jonathan-cantwell-dies-aged-36/ (https://www.ridemedia.com.au/features/jonathan-cantwell-dies-aged-36/)

Sounds likely that the cancer returned, this time fatally. :(

https://www.twitter.com/CyclingAus/status/1060060537420038144

Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 08, 2018, 16:05
https://www.twitter.com/CyclingAus/status/1060060537420038144
That sounds as if he committed suicide.
We don't know for sure.
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Echoes on November 28, 2018, 23:45
Bernard Gauthier, known in the 1950's as Mister Bordeaux-Paris, four time winner of the Derby. The only French rider to twice podium the Tour of Flanders which he also finished 4th in the very famous 1955 edition when he was in the 4-man break with no other than Louison Bobet, Hugo Koblet and Rik Van Steenbergen, as teammate to the former one at Mercier, who won the race. Bernard Gauthier was a florist after his career, in Grenoble where he passed away at age 94.  :( In 2005 he still rode the "Échappée belle" cyclotourist ride in honour of Raymond Poulidor in the Limousin at age 80/81. He was actually the one to convince Antonin Magne to recruit Poulidor at Mercier.

(https://medias.lequipe.fr/img-photo-jpg/bernard-gauthier-sur-les-paves-du-tour-des-flandres-l-equipe/1500000001052961/0:0,1952:1302-624-416-75/bb2c6.jpg)

Gaston Plaud was the charismatic Peugeot team director between 1958 and 1974 with Tom Simpson among others. He was aged 98. You could see him in the Belga Sport show about Tom Simpson.

Edit: and Lukasz Kwiatkowski, former track rider and Michal's brother, died of leukemia at age 36.  :(
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Drummer Boy on March 11, 2019, 00:18
I didn't see a separate women's thread for this topic, so...

Kelly Catlin passes away at 23 (https://www.velonews.com/2019/03/news/kelly-catlin-passes-away-at-23_488197)

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Kelly Catlin, a member of the U.S. women’s pursuit team that earned silver a the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, has died at age 23.

Catlin’s father, Mark Catlin, broke the news in a letter sent to VeloNews Sunday morning. Mark Catlin said that Kelly had died Friday night at her residence in California. Mark Catlin said that Kelly died by suicide.

 :(

https://twitter.com/usacycling/status/1104805912030568448


https://twitter.com/RallyUHCcycling/status/1104807203146530817
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Drummer Boy on March 11, 2019, 00:35

Kelly Catlin passes away at 23 (https://www.velonews.com/2019/03/news/kelly-catlin-passes-away-at-23_488197)

She had written a journal for Velonews that, in retrospect, takes on a much deeper significance.

Kelly Catlin journal: Trying to balance grad school and pro racing (https://www.velonews.com/2019/02/rider-journal/kelly-catlin-journal-trying-to-balance-grad-school-and-pro-racing_483774)

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The truth is that most of the time, I don’t make everything work. It’s like juggling with knives, but I really am dropping a lot of them. It’s just that most of them hit the floor and not me.

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The greatest strength you will ever develop is the ability to recognize your own weaknesses, and to learn to ask for help when you need it. This is a lesson I have only just begun learning, slowly and painfully, these first few months as a graduate student. I still fail. As athletes, we are all socially programmed to be stoic with our pain, to bear our burdens and not complain, even when such stoicism reaches the point of stupidity and those burdens begin to damage us. These are hard habits to break.

Very sad.
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Drummer Boy on March 14, 2019, 16:01
So young.  :(

https://twitter.com/velonews/status/1105847808169394176


Meet U23 Member Tate Meintjes (https://beardevteam.com/meet-tate-meintjes/)

(http://beardevteam.com/wp-content/uploads/jpeg-2-3.jpg)

Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on March 18, 2019, 07:17
https://nieuws.vtm.be/sport/jonge-wielrenner-19-overleden-na-ongeval/ (https://nieuws.vtm.be/sport/jonge-wielrenner-19-overleden-na-ongeval/)

Belgian U23 rider Stef Loos was hit by a delivery van during a race in Dottignies and died of his injuries. He was 19 years old.

(https://nieuws.medialaancdn.be/sites/nieuws.vtm.be/files/styles/larger/public/article/image/2019/03/stefloos_1.jpg)
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Echoes on April 26, 2019, 08:45
I've just learned about the passing of the greatest track rider of all time and in my opinion the greatest sprinter of all time at age 74. RIP Patrick Sercu!  :(

(https://t2.ldh.be/WmvzXfejV5xmxeBt8IG45paYuRc=/0x0:3000x1500/620x310/5cb9d6c39978e253477aebaa.jpg)
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on April 26, 2019, 18:11
Just 2 weeks after by far his best result, 2nd place in the Ronde van Drenthe, 27 year old Robbert De Greef of Alecto had a heart attack in the early kilometres of the Omloop van de Braakman. 
He has died this morning. 

RIP
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: rote_laterne on August 05, 2019, 18:31
I just read the terrible news of Bjorn Lambrecht, another very promising young belgian rider passing away too soon. May he rest in peace.
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 05, 2019, 18:38
Terrible just so sad
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Mellow Velo on August 05, 2019, 20:13
I last saw him on the penultimate "Vive le Velo", of the Tour. It's Belgium's post stage chat show. He was on there with Eddy Planckaert and Hendrik Redant.

Het Nieuwsblad have just posted this image from the show.

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p526x296/67968167_10157213669165450_5750139719539228672_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_oc=AQkbttVpH3o6rumeWxb492uU22ke_XnCiJW3ptUMv-66pctR5eJA_nyQsM8ohnJ7xPi-VvskheTHUM9y9Br85SbY&_nc_ht=scontent-lht6-1.xx&oh=baca8ab55ed04f0292d6871c2fea79e6&oe=5DECCE3B)

Some rumours beginning to circulate re the circumstances and hence the possible cause.
It seems he had already lost contact with the group and crashed alone on a straight piece of road.
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 05, 2019, 21:13
Het Nieuwsblad have just posted this image from the show.

Just so very, very sad. He's just a kid in that pic. RIP
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Mellow Velo on August 05, 2019, 22:12

Some rumours beginning to circulate re the circumstances and hence the possible cause.
It seems he had already lost contact with the group and crashed alone on a straight piece of road.

 I know that Search has seen the same footage as I and can confirm that what had been reported by tuttobiciweb is untrue.
 He was still in the bunch when the crash happened, so further rumours have no foundation.
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on August 06, 2019, 02:11
sh*t.

Maybe it is because I have had more to drink this evening than I often do.

Maybe it is because I am visiting family that I don't see as often as I should.

Maybe it is because Bjorn was a rider I feel as though I have invested interest in from early in his career.

Maybe it is because I spent this evening with a nephew who is just that age.

But just sh*t.
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Caruut on August 06, 2019, 15:24
Awful, just awful. Hard to even think about racing and results at a time like this.

Feels like in the last few years, these awful incidents are occurring more and more. Maybe we just hear more of them due to the interconnectedness we have, but it sure feels like it's a rising problem, and it's going in the opposite direction to the rest of society. Used to be that people died all the time at their workplaces, in factories and on construction sites, but safety there has come such a long way.

Is it a real problem, is it fixable? Maybe fewer riders, fewer race vehicles might do something, but I suppose going 40-70km/h over hard ground with scant protection and people packed tightly together is always going to produce tragedy some of the time. Just makes me wonder if it's worth it if we can't fix it. Could I look Lambrecht's family in the eye and tell them their son's life was worth it for the enjoyment I get out of cycling? Absolutely not. Of course there are millions who enjoy it, not just me, and only a monster would say that to a grieving family, but still.
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: L'arri on August 06, 2019, 15:46
It is a terribly dangerous sport and anyone who rides, competitively or not, knows the score but one can't rationalise or minimise these deaths. The life of an individual, with all of its unique colour, emotion and experience, is an enormous loss.

Personally I have no interest in the circumstances that led to it but I can appreciate that such things may be in the public interest. However I thought today was, as a significant effort in the course of a stage race, a very dignified gesture to the rider and the team.
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: t-72 on August 06, 2019, 23:13
I know that Search has seen the same footage as I and can confirm that what had been reported by tuttobiciweb is untrue.
 He was still in the bunch when the crash happened, so further rumours have no foundation.

There are reports in Norwegian media today, based on statements from CF Hagen, that it was a most unfortunate situation caused by (Lambrecht? I believe) slipping on a reflective point that protruded a bit above the road surface, loosing his direction he hit someone else, which led to the fall. The concrete constructions bridging across the ditch just happened to be in the worst possible spot. There are images showing the location of the crash and both the reflective point road markings and the little concrete ...thing... bridging the ditch are visible.

Lambrecht was on Hagen´s wheel when it happened, and these reports seem to make sense and it is about as much as you might expect the rider in front to notice (maybe with some help from others in the peloton.)
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: search on August 07, 2019, 07:46
we have to wait and see, I guess, but it was not a high speed section, and I would still think the only possible reason to crash torso-first into something is that he lost consciousness on the bike.

But no matter how it happened, it's a tragedy of course, and just very, very sad.
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Echoes on August 17, 2019, 17:48
Another terribly sad day for cycling. I usually don't react if the death of a cyclist upsets me too much and that's why I usually come to this thread to share the news of an oldtimer passing away but really Felice Gimondi departing makes me terribly sad. I should rather keep silent  :-x but he still should be honoured. Everytime I saw pictures of footages of him recently I was staggered at how fit he was. He probably should still have felt fit to go swimming in a lake at age 76. I've always thought that he would have survived Merckx. Is it so that he didn't know his limits?

One of the all time great of this sport, the most all-round of all of Merckx's opponent. He had his flaws but this is not a time to remember that. Just in my opinion of the most elegant rider on and off the bike that ever has been, one of the most beautiful palmares despite or thanks to the rivalry with Merckx and such a beautiful Italian name, especially Christian name: Felice!

May God Bless Felice Gimondi!

(https://fotos.subefotos.com/b526cacc8340fda0d9788d3e4877611bo.jpg)
(https://images2.gazzettaobjects.it/methode_image/2016/04/09/Ciclismo/Foto%20Ciclismo%20-%20Trattate/Gimondi66roubaix-U2020734015901FE-U150170508588vbE-620x349@Gazzetta-Web_articolo.jpg?v=201604092240)
(https://www.pezcyclingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/greatest-show-fuentes-gimondi-920.jpg)
Title: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
Post by: Echoes on August 18, 2019, 22:36
Nice testimony of a French hotel owner based in Montbéliard, Pierre Royer, cycling lover, who fondly remembers a meet-up with Felice Gimondi.

https://www.estrepublicain.fr/encadres/2019/08/18/gimondi-race-comme-un-seigneur

Gimondi - Distinguished Like a Lord (18 August 2019)

Pierre Royer was sad last Saturday morning when he learned that Felice Gimondi had passed away. He had met and befriended with him at a World Championship in Italy. He remembers talking with him about the suspicion around him, about this attempt to bribe Jean-Pierre Monseré at the 1970 Worlds in Leicester. Felice replied that "bribing" is a bit too strong a word but at that time, arrangements between riders were common practice.


This is why I said that he wasn't flawless. In his biography of Jempi Monseré, Mark Van Hamme said that Felice denied at first but that by 1974, he finally admitted it and was up to his reputation as a "gentleman". He didn't wish to taint Jempi's memory with a lie. I think I referred to it in my own humble biography of Jempi Monseré. May he be forgiven!  ;)

(https://cdn-s-www.estrepublicain.fr/images/2FB160E6-F1F5-41C6-B92B-1FEFB2DD594B/LER_v1_04/pierre-royer-avait-rencontre-felice-gimondi-lors-d-un-championnat-du-monde-en-italie-les-deux-hommes-avaient-echange-sur-le-cyclisme-photo-er-sam-bonjean-1566053063.jpg)