News from Peter Bartell:
One of cycling’s most prolific competitive cyclists passed away on October 5, 2019 at age 87. Born in Hampshire, England, Tony Hoar took up cycling at an early age, eventually competing in international events throughout England and Continental Europe. Through his consistent good placings in prestigious races in Britain, Holland, and Ireland, to name a few, Tony was selected to represent Great Britain for the Commonwealth games in Vancouver, Canada. However Tony’s most memorable achievement came during the 1955 Tour de France. As a member of a 10-man team, with only two of whom finishing the gruelling race, Tony came in last, in 69th place, thus claiming the coveted award of the “Lantern Rouge”. Tony eventually moved to Canada and it took little time for him to establish himself in the Canadian cycling establishment. He eventually became active in the B.C. Cycling Association, now Cycling BC, and put his stamp on as not only a formidable competitor but also as a member on the board of directors. In time Tony got into the retail business of cycling, then into the manufacture of fine frames. One of the foremost builders of frames, Dave Moulton, after checking out my CBS frame, told me that he could not build a better frame. That best documents the attention and care put into all his endeavors. In 1982 Tony married Gay Wise and together they built a business that became well respected in the cycling community. Tony stopped racing at the age of 75, but continued to ride recreationally. And he concentrated on building bicycle trailers at his plant in Mill Bay. Over the years Tony and I stayed in touch, together we sat on the Board of Directors of the BABC. In later years Tony was instrumental in forming the B.C. Masters Cycling Association. Tony had been sick for some time, but Gay has stated that Tony believed that it was only a matter of time when he could return to most of his activities. Tony simply never gave up !A few weeks ago my wife Sandy and I visited Tony in Koksilah on Vancouver Island. Tony proudly showed us his workshop, outlining the numerous projects he was planning. I am sad to say that Tony did not get around to fulfill his dream. Gay Wise has indicated that sometime in 2020, possibly in May, there will be a “Celebration of Tony Hoar’s Life”. I am certain the “celebration” will include a memorial ride, so be prepared to bring a bike. Tony is gone, but the memories which those of us who knew him made, will never be forgotten.