It is with deep sadness that the Wessex Cyclo-Cross League has learned of the death of long-standing British Cycling mechanic Geoff Shergold, from Southampton, at the age of 64. Geoff died on Saturday 16 November after a short illness.
Geoff was chairman of the Wessex Cyclo-Cross Association and a stalwart of the cyclo-cross scene in the South of England for over 40 years. A useful cyclo-cross rider, In 1976 he gained selection to the British team contesting that year’s World Cyclo-Cross Championships in the possibly unique position of “travelling reserve and mechanic”.
As an international rider he never progressed beyond reserve but his career as a mechanic blossomed, taking in most of the cycling disciplines, including countless track and road events. In 1979 he accompanied then GB Team Manager Jim Hendry on the gruelling Peace Race in Eastern Europe, one of many major events which fuelled the endless supply of fascinating cycling stories and tales for which Geoff became justly famous.
But it is for his connections with cyclo-cross and disability sport that Geoff will be most remembered. He served as chief mechanic for an unbroken spell of 30 consecutive World Cyclo-Cross Championships until stepping down in 2008. He also worked tirelessly as a mechanic for disability cycling long before this aspect of cycling had the high profile which it enjoys today, and worked as team manager to the cycling squad at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney.
Geoff made hundreds of friends both inside and outside cycling and will be sorely missed.
Geoff’s funeral will take place on Monday 2 December at Southampton Crematorium (East Chapel) at 11.00 am; thereafer at “The View”, Southampton Sports Centre.