Sad news I'm afraid.

Bob Pratt died just after 2pm this afternoon.  He had been affected by ill health for quite some time following a stroke earlier in the year.  

We don't know more at this stage regarding funeral arrangements but will keep this article up to date once we find out any more.   He moved to Hamilton to be closer to family just a week or so ago.  I would imagine the funeral will be in Hamilton.  *UPDATED The Funeral is on Tuesday 28th May at the Avanti Drome in Cambridge.   It's a nice touch being at the home of cycling.

UPDATED:

The club will be hosting a Memorial Ride for Bob on Sunday the 2nd of June.   The ride will be in place of the regular Sunday morning group ride that Bob organised and lead many, many times.  All are welcome to come and pay their respects and swap some memories of Bob during the very relaxed pace ride and coffee stop afterwards.  We will leave from the back of Coastlands Shopping Mall in Paraparaumu, outside Farmers, at 8:00am.   The ride will be a relaxed pace to Peka Peka via back roads.  We will stop there and if any faster people want to head to points further north they are able to at that point, otherwise, the rest of us will loop back to Waikanae, with a stop at Long Beach Cafe to share in each other's company and some stories.   Please contact me (Adrian 021 051 7631) if you want to know further details.

Bob has been a stalwart of cycling and the Kapiti Cycling Club for many, many years.   He competed at a high level as a younger man but it was as a manager of teams and organiser of events that he really made his mark.   When the Kapiti Club went into recession in the 80's it was Bob that kept it alive and started it up again in the early 2000's, serving as the first president until handing over the reins not too many years back.

After finishing as president we honoured Bob with a long service award for the club and at that time we dug into his past to find some more about his history.  Here are some highlights of a long and varied career:

He started cycling with the Otaki Cycling and Athletic Club and was a foundation member of the Kapiti Cycling Club.  Over the years he held various positions in the club:  general committee member, a Secretary, Chairman and President.

Bob was the Kapiti delegate to the Wellington Centre, then Chairman, and President in the years between 1980-1990.

He was involved with the building of the Wellington Velodrome.

At a national level, he was on the Cycling National Council for eight years and the Chairman for one year.

Bob organised and controlled Australia/NZ track test matches in the 1980s.

He was in the running for manager of the cycling team at the Moscow Olympics but this was boycotted. Instead, he was appointed as the organiser for the cycling events at the NZ Games.

He was awarded the Malayan cup-services to NZ Cycling in 1981.

Managed/coached New Zealand teams to four Tours of Britain (which was called the "Milk Race"), four Junior World Championships and two Senior World Championships.

For eight years Bob organised the Dulux Six-Day Cycle Race, a Wellington to Auckland stage race, and was the event organiser for the Junior World Championships in Wanganui.

Bob became a New Zealand commissaire, and then an International commissaire, and officiated at Brisbane Commonwealth games in 1984.

As a rider, Bob won five national medals – mainly in the age group categories. He had stage wins in theTour of Otago, Tour of Manawatu and Tour of Hawkes Bay. 

Bob was a Life member of both the Kapiti cycling club and the Wellington Centre (where he is the current Chairman)

He was also a mentor and friend to many of us.

Rest in peace Bob.

 

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