Tag Archives: passings

Philippe Gaumont R.I.P.

Olympic medalist and confessed doper Philippe Gaumont passed today at age 40 after three weeks in a coma. The former road cycling pro suffered a heart attack on April 23 and never recovered. The Frenchman became pro in 1994. In 1996, he tested positive for anabolic steroids twice. During his time with Cofidis after 1997, read more »

RIP Al Fritz

Al Fritz, creator of Schwinn’s iconic Sting-Ray bicycle, passed at age 88. Full obit in the LA Times: Al Fritz dies at 88; Schwinn exec developed the Sting-Ray bike. H/T to Mike Norri.

Annette Funicello rode a bicycle

16 year old Annette Funicello as “Bicycle Queen 1958.” News media reports the former Mousketeer passed from complications of Multiple Sclerosis this morning. Photo taken from Rides A Bike. The other famous passing reported this morning was that of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who, apparently, never rode a bicycle but whose Employment Secretary read more »

Cyclist killed in Fremont

David Martinez “collided with a car” (says the Fremont Patch in a lovely exception to the usual passive voice in crash journalism, along with the usual victim blaming in the reader comments) early Monday morning on Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont, CA. According to news reports, Martinez was pronounced at the scene after rescuers failed read more »

Burry Stander RIP

25 year old South African mountain bike champion Burry Stander was hit by a taxi in Shelly Beach, South Africa and killed earlier today while he was on a training ride. Stander was UCI Mountain Bike World Cup under-23 men’s cross-country 2009 world champion. Stander leaves behind his wife Cherise Taylor Stander, who is also read more »

RIP Ellen Fletcher

Holocaust survivor, PTA mom, city council member, and bike advocate: Ellen Fletcher succumbed yesterday at age 83 to lung cancer at her Palo Alto home.