Cycling News

Tributes from cycling community pour in for Gordon Singleton

Tributes from cycling community pour in for Gordon Singleton

Members of the cycling community are remembering former world champion, Gordon Singleton, has died at the age of 67. From Niagara Falls, Ont., the multiple national champion died from prostate cancer. He is survived by his wife Louann Godak and two sons, Chris and Jamie.

Over the course of his career, Singleton broke several world records, medals at the Pan Am Games and notably, the world keirin title in 1982.

A trailblazer in cycling

“We are incredibly saddened to learn of Gordon’s passing,” Cycling Canada chief executive officer, Matthew Jeffries said. “One of Canadian cycling’s greatest champions and most gracious ambassadors, Gordon was a trailblazer who inspired so many Canadian athletes who have followed in his footsteps. His accomplishments on the bike were legendary and perhaps surpassed only by his continued contributions, engagement and generosity as an active and valued member of the Canadian cycling community over the past 40 years. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten.”

A legacy of speed

Multiple olympic medallist Curt Harnett, remembered Singleton and his incredible speed.

“Gordon’s world championship victory in the Keirin at the 1982 world championships is one of the greatest–and, at times, surreal–races I’ve ever seen,” he said. “He was a legend, an icon, who paved the way for many Canadian cyclists like myself to quickly find energetic supporters and respect on the international stage. I send my deepest condolences to Louann, Chris and Jamie,” Harnett said.

Louis Garneau, who rode the the 1984 Olympics and was a close friend of Singleton’s, said that, “It’s very sad news for the community. Gordon was one of the greats.”

A love of the boards

Singleton’s love for the track continued, and would often be seen at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, either as a rider or a spectator.

“He forever changed the perception of what Canadian cyclists could accomplish internationally. And young Canadian riders ever since have carried the torch he lit. Rest in peace Gordon,” Chris Reid, director of the National Cycling Institute Milton, said.

Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at Canadian Cycling Magazine…