SANTA FE, N.M (BRAIN) — Willard Chilcott, a cycling enthusiast who envisioned and developed at least two major events in New Mexico, died Monday at age 89.
Chilcott was a friend, riding buddy, supporter and mentor to members of the staff at Bicycle Retailer, which launched in Santa Fe in 1994. The magazine’s staff sends our deep condolences to his family and friends in New Mexico and around the country.
Chilcott became a cycling enthusiast in the late 1970s. In the early 1980s, after moving to Santa Fe from California, he launched the Santa Fe Century, which is still an annual event attracting thousands. He also spent years researching, mapping and promoting the idea of a bike tour along the Santa Fe Trail, from Santa Fe to Missouri. The 1,100 mile tour was first held in 1995 and held biannually over the next 21 years, limited to about 50 participants each year. After the 2016 event, Chilcott announced that year’s event would be the final edition.
According to an article in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Chilcott was born in Pasadena, California. His early life in California included interests in business, politics, music and entertainment. In 1960, he co-founded …read more