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Roy Schuiten

Roy Schuiten (b. 16 December 1950 Zandvoort, Netherlands - d. 19 September 2006 Praia do Corveiro, Portugal) was a Dutch track and road racing cyclist. After retirement he became a team manager before starting a restaurant.

Background

Schuiten was a tall (1m85), stylish rider who shone as an amateur. He was national pursuit champion, broke the amateur record for 4,000m on an indoor track, and won numerous team time-trials. He came close to not turning professional because his father died in a traffic accident in 1973. He stopped cycling for a season to help his mother run the family wine and spirits business in Zandvoort. The following year Schuiten's younger brother, Fred, took over the business and on 17 July 1974 Schuiten turned professional for the Raleigh team run by Peter Post.

Track career

Schuiten established himself with Raleigh by winning the world pursuit championship in September 1974, beating Ferdinand Bracke of Belgium in the final. Bracke had been leading until an official indicated there were four laps still to ride when there were six. Bracke faded and Schuiten won.

Schuiten won again in 1975 by beating Knut Knudsen of Norway. He won silver medals in 1976 and 1978. He was national champion five times.

In 1975 Post encouraged Schuiten to attempt Eddy Merckx's world hour record in Mexico. The frame-builder Jan Legrand made him a bicycle weighing only 5.7kg. but Schuiten failed at his two attempts, unable to cope with the rarified air of Mexico City. Press critisism in Holland was marked and Schuiten, demoralised, never again rode on the track at the same level.

Main track achievements

  • World championship : Team pursuit (amateurs), 3rd (1973)
  • World championship : Individual pursuit, 1st (1974, 1975), 2nd (1976, 1978)
  • European championship : Team pursuit, 3rd (1974)
  • National championship : Individual pursuit (amateurs), 1st (1972, 1973)
  • National championship : Individual pursuit, 1st (1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980), 2nd (1981)
  • National championship : 50km , 1st (1975)
  • National championship : Motor-paced, 1st (1978)

Road

Schuiten rode the Tour de France twice (finishing 2nd and 3rd in time trials) the Giro d'Italia four times . In 1975 he won the Rund um den Henninger-Turm. He won the Grand Prix des Nations in 1974 and 1975. He won the Trofeo Angelo Baracchi (1974 with Francesco Moser and in 1978 with Knut Knudsen), the GP Kanton Aargau Gippingen (1976) and the GP Forli (1979).

He changed teams frequently after leaving Raleigh in 1976, doing well in races up to a week long but best of all when riding against the clock. He won 44 professional races of which 12 were on the track and 14 in time-trials.

Main road achievements

Retirement and death

After retirement in 1982 he became manager of PDM-Concorde in 1986 for a year. He then moved to Portugal and started his own restaurant.

He died on 19 September 2006 in Praia de Carvoeiro, aged 55, from a stomach haemorrhage.

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