Bike racing supporter and mail order pioneer ‘Crazy Dave’ Watson dies at 82

By Stephen Frothingham

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (BRAIN) — Dave “Crazy Dave” Watson, a cycling team founder, race official and mail order purveyor of European cycling gear, died Aug. 18 at age 82.

In the early 1970s, Watson was a ski patroller in Vermont who took up cycling to stay in shape in the summer. His interest led him to launch “Crazy Dave’s Racing Components.” He imported bike brands like Somec Air, Cinelli, Marinoni, Oschsner, Basso, Holdsworth, Bob Jackson, Redcay, Medici and Gios. He also sold hairnet helmets, tubular tires, wheelsets, framesets and hard-to-find racing components like Dura-Ace track rings, Modolo brakesets and Campagnolo groupsets.

In 1972, Watson founded the Fuji Cycling Team, which became one of the longest-running clubs in the U.S. under the tutelage of Tracy Lea. Watson individually sponsored riders such as Sue Novara Reber, Karen Bliss, Nancy Neely and others, providing them with tires and components and helping them in their racing careers.

Bliss, now chief marketing office at ASE, the parent company of Fuji, knew Watson for more than 35 years, she told BRAIN on Monday.

“Dave stayed in touch with a few folks from the 70s and 80s when he was running his business. He …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News