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Jackie Simes II Dies at age 87
Jackie Simes II Dies at age 87Jackie Simes II the 1936 national road champion and U.S. Bicycling Hall of Famer, died August 10 at age 87 of heart failure following a series of strokes. He died in a hospital near his home in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania. A second-generation racer, Simes inspired his son, Jack Simes III, to compete in a career that spanned three Olympics and a silver medal in the pursuit at the 1968 world championships, and grandsons, Ryan Simes Oelkers and Jack Simes IV to make the Simes family span more than a century of racing.

Simes was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, four years after his son. Musing on how he followed his son's induction, the elder Simes's competitive spirit flared. He observed, "My son was voted in a few years after he was nominated. I was voted in on the first round."

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