British national champion Alaric Gayfer will be sorely missed
June 12, 2004By Gary Blockus Of The Morning Call
Losing a friend, a father, a husband, and a child are the darkest moments of our time on Earth, and last week, the Lehigh Valley bicycling community lost such an icon.Alaric Gayfer, a seven-time British national track cycling champion, lost his race against brain cancer.
"Up until sometime this winter, Alaric was still riding the Derby," racer and coach Gil Hatton said prior to last night's racing at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome. The Derby is a 30-mile training ride.
Alaric Gayfer, 1956-2004
By J. Alain Ferry
The cycling community has lost one if its heroes; Alaric Gayfer died June 8. Alaric was diagnosed with a grade IV brain tumor (glioblastoma, the worst kind) in October 2002.
Alaric was a very close friend; I will miss him dearly. He gave us all so many wonderful memories that will keep him close in spirit and thought forever. My sympathies go out to Alaric's wife Colleen and their daughter Brianna.
There will be a memorial service for Alaric at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome on Saturday, June 12 at 5:00pm.
Born in London, England, August 20, 1956, Alaric Gayfer was a seven-time British National Track Cycling Champion. He was head coach of the Air Products Developmental Cycling Program for 10 years at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome and director sportif of Future Champions Cycling Club, Trexlertown. He was also director sportif of East Coast Velo Cycling Club, Trexlertown, since its inception and a master mechanic for Mavic at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta, Ga.
It has been eight years today (June 8, 2012) since we lost Alaric. The loss is still felt strongly by those in the cycling community and all those that knew him. Alaric, Rest In Peace. You are not forgotten!