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British Cycling mourns passing of Lincolnshire cycling legend Jack Tighe

British Cycling mourns passing of Lincolnshire cycling legend Jack Tighe

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British Cycling was saddened to hear of the passing of Jack Tighe earlier this week.

An accomplished track cyclist, Jack Tighe enjoyed success in the 1950s - twice winning a bronze medal in the men’s sprint at the British Cycling National Track Championships in 1953 and 1954 and finishing in second place in the tandem sprint alongside Alan Danson in 1956.

He was also selected for the Olympic Games in 1956, but was unable to compete after contracting polio.

Paying tribute, British Cycling’s president Bob Howden said:

“British Cycling is saddened to hear of the passing of Jack Tighe, one of Lincolnshire’s cycling legends.

“Jack was an early member of Scunthorpe Polytechnic Cycling Club and became both a national champion, an international competitor and an Olympian during a successful racing career.

“His involvement with the sport continued long after he hung up his racing wheels as a long term sponsor of the club and of cycling in general through his own industrial painting and decorating company, through which on a number of occasions in my own construction career I had reason to value his commitment to customer service.

“Jack’s engagement with and dedication to the sport continued, both at home and abroad, until he was well into his 70s; the sport has indeed much to thank him for. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”

Jack’s family have asked that any donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Society here.