Today in Cyclist History

Events in Sport

  • 1894-04-24 French cyclist Henri Desgrange rides 100km in world record 2:39:18
  • 1895-04-13 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Solitary Cyclist" (BG)
  • 1895-10-05 The first individual time trial for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London.
  • 1896-05-30 1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hits a cyclist in NYC
  • 1907-11-13 French cyclist Paul Cornu flies 1st helicopter (twin rotor)
  • 1909-05-13 The first Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan: Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner.
  • 1921-08-07 Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter
  • 1922-09-17 Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world sprint champ
  • 1924-08-03 Cyclist Piet Moeskops regains world sprint championist
  • 1926-04-13 Cyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
  • 1928-08-11 Georges Ronsse becomes world champion cyclists
  • 1933-08-13 Jacques van Egmond becomes world champion amateur cyclist
  • 1942-11-07 Cyclist Fausto Coppi establishes world record (45,848 km)
  • 1950-06-04 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)
  • 1953-08-23 Cyclist Arie Van Vliet becomes world champion sprinter
  • 1973-07-04 In audience with Italian cyclists, Pope Paul VI praises athletes who "offer the magnificent show of a healthy, strong, generous youth"
  • 1973-11-04 The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis. Highways are deserted and are solely used by cyclists and roller skaters.
  • 1978-08-27 Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
  • 1985-09-01 Cyclist Joop Zoetemelk becomes world champion

Birthdays in Sport

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  • 1871-03-03 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (d. 1957)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1873-10-19 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1925)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1878-11-08 Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor, world champion cyclist (1899)
  • 1879-06-05 René Pottier, French cyclist (d. 1907)
  • 1882-10-18 Lucien Petit-Breton, Argentine-French cyclist (d. 1917)
  • 1884-08-04 Henri Cornet, French cyclist who won the second Tour de France, born in Desvres, France (d. 1941)
  • 1884-09-24 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (d. 1963)
  • 1886-03-14 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist (d. 1964)
  • 1887-01-26 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (d. 1915)
  • 1887-10-24 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (d. 1917)
  • 1888-03-19 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (d. 1969)
  • 1889-01-22 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (d. 1935)
  • 1890-10-08 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (d. 1971)
  • 1892-09-11 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1893-03-18 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (d. 1978)
  • 1893-11-14 Piet Moeskops, Dutch world champ cyclist (1921-24, 26)
  • 1894-08-01 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (d. 1927)
  • 1899-07-10 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist (d. 1978)
  • 1899-11-04 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish cyclist (d. 1985)
  • 1901-04-14 Alfred West, champion cyclist/record hair splitter (17 splits)
  • 1902-08-11 Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (d. 1986)
  • 1902-10-13 Franco Giorgetti, Italy, cyclist (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1902-10-14 Learco Guerra, Italian cyclist (d. 1963)
  • 1904-02-15 Antonin Magne, French cyclist (Tour de France 1931, 34)
  • 1904-02-27 André Leducq, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1909-02-07 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Flem cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37) [OS]
  • 1909-02-17 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • 1909-08-27 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936 and 1939), born in Gistel, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1911-01-16 Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • 1911-09-03 Bernard Mammes, American cyclist (d. 2000)
  • 1914-02-23 Theofiel Middelkamp, Dutch cyclist (d. 2005)
  • 1914-07-18 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (d. 2000)
  • 1915-04-11 (Hanlon) Pat Clarke, cyclist
  • 1916-01-07 Gerrit Schulte, [Le Fou Pedalant], Dutch 6 day cyclist
  • 1917-05-09 George Fleming, cyclist
  • 1919-07-24 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), born in Marthalen (d. 2017)
  • 1919-09-07 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (d. 2004)
  • 1920-02-03 Stan Ockers, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, 56)
  • 1920-11-05 Tommy Goodwin [Thomas], Connecticut, British Track Cyclist (2 X Olympic Bronze 1948), (d. 2012)
  • 1920-12-07 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian cyclist, (d. 2012)
  • 1921-06-10 Jean Robic, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1923-03-25 Wim Van Est, [Locomotief/Pletmolen], Dutch cyclist
  • 1924-09-09 Rik Van Steenbergen, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1925-01-15 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist
  • 1925-03-12 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55)
  • 1925-03-21 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (d. 1964)
  • 1927-03-02 Roger Walkowiak, French cyclist
  • 1928-03-18 Miguel Poblet, Spanish cyclist
  • 1928-07-09 Federico Bahamontes, Spanish cyclist
  • 1929-03-25 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1929-09-03 Carlo Clerici, Swiss cyclist (d. 2007)
  • 1930-03-01 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1930-11-03 Brian Robinson, British cyclist
  • 1931-06-28 Lucien Victor, Belgian cyclist (d. 1995)
  • 1931-11-29 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1933-01-26 Ercole Baldini, Italian cyclist
  • 1933-02-28 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
  • 1933-11-12 Peter Post, Dutch cyclist (8x European Champion at Derny-drive)
  • 1933-12-20 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961)
  • 1934-06-04 Seamus Elliott, Irish cyclist (d. 1971)
  • 1936-04-15 Raymond Poulidor, French cyclist
  • 1937-03-18 Rudi Altig, German cyclist
  • 1937-11-30 Tom Simpson, British cyclist (d. 1967)
  • 1940-05-19 Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • 1940-09-27 Benoni Beheyt, Belgian cyclist
  • 1941-04-28 Lucien Aimar, French cyclist
  • 1942-03-18 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
  • 1942-09-29 Felice Gimondi, Italian cyclist
  • 1942-09-30 Sture Pettersson, Sweden, cyclist (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1943-04-06 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist
  • 1943-07-02 Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
  • 1944-07-27 Jean-Marie Leblanc, French cyclist
  • 1945-06-09 Luis Ocaña, Spanish cyclist (d. 1994)
  • 1945-06-17 Eddy Merckx, Belgium, cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)
  • 1946-10-20 Lucien Van Impe, Belgian cyclist
  • 1946-12-03 Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch cyclist
  • 1947-01-20 Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist and directeur sportif
  • 1947-03-15 Tomas Pettersson, Sweden, cyclist (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1947-08-24 Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian cyclist
  • 1948-01-10 Bernard Thévenet, French cyclist
  • 1948-03-31 Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist
  • 1948-11-17 Jaime Huelamo, Spain, cyclist (Olympic-bronze-1972) drug disqualified
  • 1949-02-03 Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • 1949-05-14 Klaus-Peter Thaler, German cyclist
  • 1950-04-19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brussel '74)
  • 1950-10-28 Ludo Delcroix, Belgian cyclist
  • 1950-12-16 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (d. 2006)
  • 1951-03-06 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (d. 2004)
  • 1951-06-19 Francesco Moser, Italian cyclist
  • 1952-02-13 Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist
  • 1952-09-07 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish motocyclist (d. 1998)
  • 1952-11-08 Jan Raas, Dutch cyclist
  • 1953-06-08 Ad Tak, Dutch professional cyclist, born in Nieuwe Gastel
  • 1953-06-27 Kent Bostick, pursuit cyclist (Olympics-84, 96), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1954-08-25 Gilbert "Gibus" Duclos-Lassalle, French cyclist
  • 1954-11-14 Bernard Hinault, French cyclist (Tour de France)
  • 1955-03-23 Cindy Olavarri, Pleasant Hills California, cyclist (7-Eleven team)
  • 1955-08-20 Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1955-08-29 Frank Hoste, Belgian cyclist
  • 1955-11-22 Sue Novara-Reber, cyclist (1975 World sprint champ), born in Flint, Michigan

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1998-05-01 Cyclist Lance Armstrong weds Kristin Richard (divorced 2003)

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • 2015-09-05 Actress Erika Christensen (33) weds cyclist Cole Maness in Palm Springs, California
  • 2016-09-04 Olympic gold medalist track and road cyclists Laura Kenny (24) weds track cyclist Jason Kenny (28) at a private ceremony in Cheshire, England
  • 2016-09-17 Olympian and professional road racing cyclist Philip Deignan (33) weds fellow road racing cyclist Lizzie Armitstead (26) in Otley, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1907-01-25 René Pottier, French cyclist (b. 1879)
  • 1915-05-09 François Faber, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1887)
  • 1917-07-14 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (b. 1887)
  • 1917-12-20 Lucien Petit-Breton, Argentine-French cyclist (b. 1882)

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1925-02-02 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, dies at 51

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1927-06-14 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (b. 1894)
  • 1934-11-23 Giovanni Brunero, Italian cyclist (b. 1895)
  • 1935-05-01 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (b. 1889)
  • 1940-08-16 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist/founder (Tour de France), dies at 75
  • 1949-01-01 Malcolm Campbell, English cyclist (world speed-record), dies at 63
  • 1952-02-14 Maurice De Waele, Belgian cyclist (b. 1896)
  • 1956-10-01 Stan Ockers, Belgian world champ cyclist (1955), dies at 36
  • 1957-02-19 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (b. 1871)
  • 1963-01-28 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (b. 1884)
  • 1963-02-07 Learco Guerra, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • 1964-01-19 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist (b. 1886)
  • 1964-11-06 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (b. 1925)
  • 1964-11-16 Piet Moeskops, Dutch world champion cyclist (1921-24, 26), dies at 71
  • 1966-12-05 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936 and 1939), dies at 57
  • 1967-07-13 Tom Simpson, British cyclist (b. 1937)
  • 1969-10-07 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • 1971-01-16 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (b. 1890)
  • 1971-03-15 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • 1978-02-09 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • 1978-11-06 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist (b. 1899)
  • 1980-01-03 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)
  • 1980-02-01 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
  • 1980-06-18 André Leducq, French cyclist (b. 1904)
  • 1980-10-06 Jean Robic, French cyclist (b. 1921)
  • 1982-01-19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Roubaix '76), dies [or 1/20]
  • 1982-01-20 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brus 1974), dies at 31[or 1/19]
  • 1983-02-22 Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1935), dies at 70
  • 1983-03-13 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), dies at 58
  • 1984-05-10 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist, dies at 41
  • 1985-11-08 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1899)
  • 1986-01-01 Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • 1986-08-09 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist, dies at 77
  • 1989-08-22 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • 1991-10-17 Piet van Est, The Vuurbal, cyclist (7x Tour de France), dies at 57
  • 1991-12-20 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (b. 1942)
  • 1992-02-26 Gerrit Schulte, Dutch 6-day cyclist known as the "Crazy Cyclist", dies at 76
  • 1993-05-13 Evert "Eef" Dolman, Dutch cyclist (Olympic-gold-1964), dies at 47
  • 1993-10-09 Geert de Vlaeminck, Belgian champion cyclist, dies at 26
  • 1994-02-05 Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63
  • 1994-02-11 Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23
  • 1994-05-19 Luis Ocana, Span cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48
  • 1994-06-20 Bram Koopmans, cyclist/coach, dies at 78
  • 1994-08-15 Wout Wagtmans, cyclist (Rome-Naples-Rome 1957), dies at 64
  • 1994-09-02 Detlef Macha, German DR cyclist (5x world champ), dies at 35
  • 1994-11-16 David Rayner, cyclist, dies
  • 1995-01-21 Philippe Casado, Moroccan/French cyclist, dies at 30
  • 1995-09-17 Lucien Victor, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • 1996-05-05 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • 1997-12-23 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist, dies at 72
  • 1997-12-28 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
  • 1997-12-29 (Hanlon) Pat Clarke, cyclist, dies at 82
  • 2000-05-05 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
  • 2000-09-17 Nicole Reinhart, American cyclist (b. 1976)
  • 2001-08-11 Percy Stallard, English racing cyclist (b. 1909)
  • 2003-02-04 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • 2003-03-12 Andrei Kivilev, Kazakh cyclist (b. 1973)
  • 2003-04-30 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • 2004-02-14 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (b. 1970)
  • 2004-04-04 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)
  • 2004-11-02 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (b. 1951)
  • 2005-12-06 Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)
  • 2006-09-19 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (b. 1950)
  • 2006-11-26 Isaac Gálvez, Spanish procyclist (b. 1975)
  • 2007-01-04 Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • 2007-01-28 Carlo Clerici, Swiss professional road racing cyclist (b. 1929)
  • 2008-05-11 Bruno Neves, portuguese cyclist that died in competition (b.1981)
  • 2009-10-12 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian cyclist (b. 1974)
  • 2011-05-09 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)
  • 2012-10-19 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian professional road racing cyclist, dies from an aneurysm at 91
  • 2012-11-03 Tommy Goodwin, British track cyclist, dies at 91
  • 2016-12-29 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97