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Cycling Legend Dies in Car Crash

Steve Tilford will be remembered as ‘voice of truth’

Cycling fans and racers around the world are mourning the death of 57 year old multi-discipline champion Steve Tilford.  The American was killed in a tragic car crash in the early hours of April 5, 2017 in eastern Utah.  Tilford leaves behind his partner Trudi Rebsamen, a soigneur with the BMC Racing Team.

Tilford’s friend Vincent Davis, who was traveling with Tilford, is collecting stories that will be posted on Tilford’s blog page  His friends and fans are encourage to submit their thoughts and stories to

Bicycling Magazine’s Bill Strickland wrote an extensive feature on Tilford almost 20 years ago at

Describing his career, Strickland said, “Tilford has extraordinary talent on a bike. He’s a four-time national cyclo-cross champion. He once held the U.S. hour record. He rode alongside that great generation of American road pros that included Davis Phinney, Ron Keifel, Mike Engleman. Greg LeMond personally picked him to ride domestique at the world championships one year. Andy Hampsten relied on him for support in stage races. In ’96 he finished second in the U.S. Olympic mountain bike trials.

“Parts of his riding ability are as good as anyone in the world. For instance, side by side he dismounts, runs with his bike and remounts faster than Thomas Frischknecht. He’s the fastest tight-corner rider in mountain biking — a skill that’s given him a string of victories in the Fat Boy Criterium stages of Cactus Cup races.”

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