Classic Track: Gordon Singleton Loss (1982)

Yesterday (or maybe a few days ago — my recent relocation has cut a hole in the space/time continuum), Urban Velo posted the above video.  Their intention was to bring attention to Koichi Nakano, but I thought a repost here (with a focus on Singleton) might boost the Canadian angle.

Gordon Singleton is pretty much the coolest person ever.  He has a wikipedia entry, but only in French.  Eschewing English is the internet equivalent of scoffing at fixed-gear bikes with a front brake.  Moreover,  not only was he racing track before most current fixé riders were born, but he also graced the cover of what is arguably the most awesome magazine ever:

Nothin'. What's up with you?

He earned this cover after becoming the first Canadian ever to win a Word Championship.  True to his roots, Singleton is still in Niagara Falls.  I’m not sure if he sprints from winery to winery during Sunday rides through Niagara-on-the-Lake (the Falls’ classy cousin), but he could.  And it would be awesome.

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2 Responses to “Classic Track: Gordon Singleton Loss (1982)”


  1. 1 reverend dick 20/01/2010 at 4:25 pm

    I sort of wonder why he became fed up with racing teen suicides. Seems like they’d be pretty quick over the short haul.

  2. 2 youaretheengine 21/01/2010 at 9:57 am

    I hadn’t read the headlines on that magazine closely enough to get your comment. Now I realize that it is hilarious. Puts a new spin on DfL.


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