Former Czech cyclocross world champion Radomir Simunek Sr. died Tuesday after a long illness at the age of 48, the CTK news agency said, quoting his wife.
Simunek became the junior world champion in 1980 and amateur world champion in 1983 and 1984, before winning the professional title in 1991. He was the only cyclist ever to win titles in all three categories.
In 1992, he was found guilty of causing a car accident in which three people were killed. He served four months in prison before being released on a presidential pardon.
Simunek raced until the age of 40 and then turned his attention to coaching his son Radomir Jr., now racing for Belgium’s BKCP-Powerplus team. The younger Simunek has been a consistent presence in elite cyclocross events and finished eighth at this year’s world championships.