Former cyclo-cross world champion Šimůnek dies at 48
In the 1980s and early 1990s no Czech sportsman dominated the sport of cyclo-cross like racer Radomír Šimůnek – the only racer to ever win all three world championship titles: junior, amateur and professional. But following his biggest title win in 1991, his career was changed forever, after he was involved in a deadly car accident. Although he would return to racing, he eventually retired and began coaching. The news came on Tuesday that he had died at the age of 48.
Following Šimůnek’s best year in 1991, however, things took a turn for the worse: losing control of his car he was involved in a collision that took three lives; he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He served four months upon which he was granted a pardon from then-president Václav Havel. Petr Klouček again:
On his return from prison, Šimůnek returned to racing and continued up to the age of 40 after which retired and he passed on years of experience by coaching his son, Radomír, jr., also a racer.
Regarding his death, sources say the elder Šimůnek had been ill for some time with cirrhosis of the liver. It is clear his departure is not only a great loss for his friends and loved ones but also for the world of cyclo-cross.