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by Mark Zalewski
April 6, 2017
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American Steve Tilford, a mainstay of the U.S. bike-racing circuit for five decades, died Wednesday morning in Utah 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. He was traveling with his friend, Vincent Davis, when their van struck an overturned truck that had turned over. Both men survived the initial collision and exited their vehicle. However, shortly after, Tilford, the driver, returned to the van and was killed when a semi struck the van from behind.
The driver of the second truck, which crashed into Tilford’s van, also died.
Davis, who has since posted photos of Tilford after the first accident, suffered a fractured sternum from the initial collision, but was not involved in the second collision. Davis first reported the news Wednesday morning on Tilford’s blog, which, over the years, had developed a following, reflecting Tilford’s candid, unfiltered opinions on all things cycling related.
Details of the accident were also reported by the Salt Lake City Tribune. CyclingTips offers its sincere condolences to Steve Tilford’s family and friends.
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