Het is vandaag al tien jaar geleden dat de Britse wielrenner Danny Horton (de man in de leiderstrui op bovenstaande foto) in Murcia is overleden. Aangezien zelfs het vakblad “Cycling Weekly” blijkbaar niet over zijn dood heeft bericht, ben ik gedwongen een reactie op de internetsite Ritmocycling over te nemen van een zekere mijnheer Sheldon…
Can’t find anything in Cycling Weekly about Danny Horton passing away, so this is a tribute to Danny I wrote for my club newsletter of which he used to be a member.
Danny was born in Yeadon in 1949 and at some point in his youth he joined Otley Cycle Club. When I joined the club in the 1960’s he was already a legend.
At some point he left the Otley to race for Bradford Wheelers where he made a name for himself as a top amateur road man.
In 1970 he signed for the Falcon Cycles Professional Team (zie bovenstaande foto). Van 1972 tot 1976 zou hij voor Bantel rijden, in 1977 voor Chessington Cycles, in 1978 voor Ron Kitching and in 1979 zowel voor Glemp T J Cycles als voor Wightman – Knight.
During his professional career he picked up many wins, the biggest win of his career came in 1971 when he was crowned National Professional Road Race Champion, 1’19” ahead of Sid Barras. This was Danny’s first professional win and in the coming years many more were to follow.
Danny retired from professional cycling in 1979.
He was to appear again on the race scene in 1981 riding for the Halifax Road Club. In 1982 he took the national 12 Hour Championship recording.
I am not sure how much racing or cycling Danny did after 1983, I know he played a lot of golf.
The last 2 years of his life he lived out in Spain no doubt playing golf. He had started cycling again and was acting as a cycling guide for La Manga Cycling. It was after a cycle ride he complained of feeling ill and sadly died.