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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 »
    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.



    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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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #66 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.

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #67 on: November 07, 2018, 11:38 »
    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. :(
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #70 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.



    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.  :(
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #71 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

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    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


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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #72 on: March 11, 2019, 00:35 »

    Kelly Catlin passes away at 23

    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

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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.
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #74 on: March 18, 2019, 07:17 »
    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.

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #75 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!  :(

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #76 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
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #77 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.
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    « Reply #78 on: August 05, 2019, 18:38 »
    Terrible just so sad
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #79 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.



    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.
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #80 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
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #81 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.
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #82 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.
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #83 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.
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #84 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.
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #85 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.)
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #86 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.
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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #87 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!



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    « Reply #88 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!  ;)

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    Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #89 on: November 14, 2019, 18:49 »
    Well dear folks, it's really too much now. What a terrible year for cycling ! Raymond Poulidor after Gimondi, it's just unspeakable.  :o Two of my favourites past riders, two guys I thought were ageing so well. I know that top competition isn't healthy but Poulidor seemed so healthy to me. I just loved the character. He wasn't flawless either but it's not the moment to remember his flaws... Just as Geminiani said: "His death surprised me because I saw him being 100. Now I learn that he was mortal,like us all and it saddens me". Gem being himself 95 while he certainly wasn't as sober as Poulidor was !!  :o

    My thoughts to Mathieu and David Van der Poel and their whole family.



    I still regret being too shy to ask him dedicate one of my biographies of him when I saw him at the cyclocross of Namur in 2015.

    Also the passing of Raymond Poulidor probably eclipsed the one of another great French classic rider: Jacques Dupont (1928-2019). He was also a rider I particularly liked. I learned about him back in 2003 when Rik Van Steenbergen passed away because in the famous 1952 Paris-Roubaix edition when Rik I and Coppi battled it out for the win, Jacques Dupont was in the lead group before Coppi set the decisive move that only Rik I could counter. He was 5th in that historical edition but he also won Paris-Tours twice (1951 & 1955) and was Olympic champion 1,000m in London 1948.

    His wikipedia page says that he was a well respected rider in the fifties' peloton for being meticulous and rigourous. His training books were full of details and so were his nutrition books. That owed him the nickname "Jacques la méthode". Riders like Antonin Rolland and André Darrigade admired him for that (both of them still alive in their nineties :cool).

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