Patrick Sercu 1944 – 2019

 

Patrick Sercu died on April 19, 2019 at the age of 75. He was born into a Belgian cycling family headed by his professional cyclist father Albert Sercu. Patrick’s career started with Bertin-Porter 39, following his father on the team. In 1964, Patrick won the Olympic Gold medal in the 1 km time trial at the Tokyo Olympics giving Bertin the right to put World Champion bands on their head tube decals. Thereafter, he raced professionally for multiple teams on both track (3 World Sprint titles) and road (multiple TdF and Giro stage wins) and became the best Six Day rider in history (88 victories). After his competitive career ended he became an organizer of European Six Day events such as the Six Days of Ghent. He is survived by his son, Christophe, a professional cycling team manager.