Saturday, July 9, 2011

Olympian Mark Whitehead Dead at Age 50

The Lehigh Valley cycling community was shocked and saddened by the passing of Mark Whitehead at age 50. Whitehead died on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, while attending the USA Cycling Junior National Championships in Frisco, Texas.

Mark Whitehead held 20 National Championship Titles in cycling and was a participant in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Ca. in 1984. He was also known for the fact that he held USA National Championship Titles at the Junior, Senior and Masters level.

Following his cycling career, Mark devoted himself to coaching Junior cyclist. He was a determined and agressive cyclist while riding and a dedicated and passionate coach in the infield.

Mark Whitehead was voted into the Valley Preferred Cycling Center Hall of Fame in 2008.

Mark will be missed in the Lehigh Valley and in the sport of cycling.

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