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by Mark Zalewski
April 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Roglic solos to Pais Vasco stage win; Boels-Dolmans wins Healthy Ageing Tour TTT; Calmejane wins fourth stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; In memoriam: Friends, colleagues pay tribute to Steve Tilford; Phinney out of Paris-Roubaix with concussion; Mark Renshaw fractures ankle in Scheldeprijs; Groenewegen laments Scheldeprijs outcome; More bad luck for Lotto Soudal with Roubaix recon crash; Lefevere still searching for sponsors beyond 2017; Axeon Hagens Berman riding strong performance in European racing; Crowd-funded prosecution of driver involved in cyclist death ends in acquittal; Cyclist uses M65 highway as shortcut; Watch ‘A Sunday In Hell’; Trek Crockett: SSCXWC and Sven Nys.
An outpouring of grief followed the news Wednesday that American Steve Tilford, a mainstay of the U.S. bike-racing circuit for five decades, had died following a pileup on Interstate 70. He was 57 years old.
Tilford, who lived in Topeka, Kansas, began racing in the early 1970s, won the first U.S. mountain-bike championship in 1983, and is a four-time U.S. national cyclocross champion. During the 1980s he rode alongside a generation of American road pros that included Davis Phinney, Ron Keifel, and Andy Hampsten, with Greg LeMond personally picking him to ride as a domestique at the world road championships. He won five world masters championships on the mountain bike, and two in cyclocross. He was inducted into the U.S. Mountain-Bike Hall of Fame in 2000.
Vincent Davis, Tilford’s friend who was with him Wednesday morning when the highway accident took place, posted Thursday that Tilford died while helping his dog, Tucker, who had been injured in the first of two collisions. “I can’t think of an ending he would be more happy with,” Davis wrote. “Going quickly while helping a loved pet.”
Tilford’s partner, Trudi Rebsamen, is a staff member with BMC Racing, and was with the team in Europe at the time of the accident.
CyclingTips reached out to some of Tilford’s colleagues and friends in the cycling community, requesting a favorite memory of the man they called “Tilly.”
Click through to read some selected memories, along with photos and videos from his career, and selected messages from Twitter.