The cycling world lost a giant of the sport last Friday. A legend on the track and the road, Belgian Patrick Sercu was one of the most decorated riders of all time. A ferocious competitor, Sercu holds the record for most six-day track race victories winning 88 out of 223 starts between ’61 and ’83, many with his partner with Eddy Mercx. A father, a gentleman a true sprinter and a friend – we honour his memory and some of the greatest moments from Patrick Sercu’s storied career.
Patrick Sercu won a Gold Medal for Belgium in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Facing poor track conditions, he finished the 1000m time trial in 1:09.59 almost two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Along with his Olympic gold, he holds five sprint titles at the World Championships: 1963 Liege (gold), 1967 Amsterdam (gold), 1969 Antwerpen (gold), 1965 (silver), 1968 Rome (silver).
Known as one of the greatest sprinters of all time, Patrick Sercu was a force to be reckoned with on both the track and the road. Over the course of his cycling career he won six stages of the Tour de France and eleven stages of the Giro d’Italia. Sercu was awarded the green jersey in the 1974 Tour De France.
Patrick Sercu won eighty eight of the two hundred and twenty three six-day competitions he entered into. Widely considered the greatest six-day track cyclist of all time, he rode fifteen races with his longtime friend and madison partner, Eddy Mercx. “Patrick had the speed and I had the endurance” Mercx said this week. “We were a good pair. But he was definitely a better rider than me on the track.”
Patrick Sercu’s palmarès highlight his legendary career. He was a versatile and explosive rider. An intense competitor on the road and a dominant force on the track, he will be greatly missed by the cycling world and those whose lives he touched. Merci pour tout.