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Lawrence Malone, 5th Cyclocross National Champion, dies

5/19/21 Updated with details of the accident and words from friends Chris Price and Tim Latledge

It ’s very sad that we report it. 5th National Cyclocross Champion And in 2017 US Bicycle Hall of Fame Lawrence Malone He died on May 17, 2021.

Lawrence Malone has won five US National Championships. © Ray Stafford

Follow his own path

Fellow cycling legend George Mount reported Malone’s death on social media.

Malone reportedly had no ID or phone on the road in Lancaster, California, only a Hall of Fame badge. Some call his death a car accident involving his car and a semi-truck. Cyclocross magazine These reports have not yet been confirmed.

Malone split the time between Ojai, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was on his way back to Santa Fe at the time of his death.

Malone’s best friend, Chris Price, said Cyclocross magazine He was driving on Highway 138, just west of Lancaster, California, when Malone collided head-on with a semi-trailer truck.

His Nissan Pathfinder was shocked and crumpled.

The price is unbelievable and I suspect Malone had a mechanical problem with his car. Price recalled Malone’s “bicycle handling skills are second to none” and “these bicycle handling skills have been 100% converted into driving skills that help avoid accidents.” ..

According to Price, Malone usually had his wallet under the driver’s seat, but left some meaningful moments on the dashboard, including a letter from cycling legend George Mount.

The letter was in the form of an ID card that authorities could easily retrieve from the wreckage. They contacted the Hall of Fame and George Mount tried to reach Malone’s close relatives.

Malone recently visited his 8-year-old son in Mexico.

Unmatched cyclocross resume

Malone won his first Cyclocross National Title 1975 in Berkeley, California.

Lawrence Malone and Danny Null led the race and climbed. Milvalley cyclocross. December 1, 1974. © Hermann Schmidtke

“If you’re going to make a cyclocross movie, I’m making the movie Malone. He’s the first rebel and the American cross,” says Cyclocross legendary companion Tim Latledge. I did.

Malone continued to win five consecutive national titles. This is an unparalleled feat among the elite male cyclocrossers in the United States. He is arguably the greatest American male cyclocrosser.

“If you’re going to make a cyclocross movie, I’m making a movie with Malone. He was the first rebel, he’s an American cross.”-Tim Latledge

Malone has won the nickname “Der Springer” for competing for cyclocross in Europe and jumping over barriers.

Malone was also a seasoned road cyclist and was inducted into the US Bicycle Hall of Fame.

Ride to the end and wrench

We were fortunate to visit Malone and share his profile with Malone’s cover story. No. 15 Malone is still active until his death, riding a fully rigid bike off-road, as in our print magazine, and as we found him almost 10 years ago. I did.

He commented on riding a mountain bike last Saturday to join a friend and being the only person without suspension. He was riding a vintage Columbus tube marine where the brake lever and thumb shifter did not match. Price, who took Malone to the ride, fits his sick back, even though his friend still preferred to retrieve the bike from the metal scrap yard and ride the drop bar off-road. He said that the parts including the riser bar were cobbled together. Climbing included a 4,000-foot climb, and Malone conquered the vehicle in typical vehicle clothing without sneakers, trousers, and a helmet.

Malone was well read and philosophical.He also posted about recently The circular ruins of the poet Borges A Facebook post from a CXM team member just a few days ago.

Prices suggest that Malone has recently felt depressed after a series of traumatic events in Ojai and Mexico. Just three days ago, Malone posted this song on Facebook for one of his favorite singers, Lauryn Hill.

I try to resist Read the lyrics Too many, but I have to wonder if they make a lot of sense to Malone these days.

“”It’s hard to say that everything is okay … Today is still today, but choose well. And all I have to say is a rebel, it can’t go down like this. Choose well, choose well, choose well … Would you like to rebel? I am now declining myself. “

I deeply miss the original cyclocross rebels.

Compliments begin to pour

Timra Tredge, who created one of the earliest mass-produced cyclocross bikes for the Redline and multiple Masters National Champions, competed with Malone and shared this:

“American original, cycling Jack Kerouac. A rebel who can think outside of European thinking and revolutionize sports. From bunny hopping to fat tires to bicycle design, he has a different approach to sports. Lawrence was able to see the changes in sports technology in the 1980s. By 20 years, he was far more than European cyclocross designers and racers thought. We were on the move. We learned a lot from him in just a short time when our lives interacted. “

The price was emotional when we talked to him, but he knew Malone outside of cycling and shared an aspect of Malone that many of us couldn’t see.

“He lived his life in good faith. He had the courage to be personal. It’s not easy to be a weird person or an exile. What does Lawrence Malone mean to me and everyone else? It’s hard to encapsulate what he was. Regarding his cycling skills, Lawrence was cycling the royal family, which is literally the royal family. His infamy as a cyclist he always tried to downplay, he as a cyclist. Didn’t want to be known, he wanted to be known as a person beyond cycling. He downplayed it and was very humble about it, because in the end he wasn’t as a good cyclist. He did not want to be known as a good person. He said he was creative and unique and lived according to his own standards, higher standards of intelligence, morality and ethics. “

Stay tuned for this latest story, community reaction, and details on Malone’s full-length features.



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