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Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
« Reply #62 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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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #64 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.  :(
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #65 on: August 25, 2018, 20:55 »

    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.

    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.

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