Re: [CR]Cyclo-Pedia

Example: Racing:Beryl Burton

Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 07:17:53 -0800 (PST)
From: Jason Cloutier <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Cyclo-Pedia
In-Reply-To: <>

CycloPedia was operated by Gaylord Hill and closed several years ago. They still had an extensive inventory ($250K) and were looking for a buyer.

Mr. Hill was involved with recumbent racing but had a falling out with IHPVA. There were rumors that he destroyed some collectible parts because he felt that the whole vintage thing was silly. These are only rumors which someone else may be able to refute or dispute.

Jason Cloutier
Pawtucket, RI

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> Hi gang,

\r?\n> I was searching the web for Cyclo-Pedia, and came

\r?\n> up, unfortunately, with an

\r?\n> obituary for Gene Portuesi. Mr. Portuesi's demise

\r?\n> was certainly news to me. I

\r?\n> hope it is in the spirit of the CR list if I attach

\r?\n> the text of his obit, as it

\r?\n> does a nice job of listing all of his contributions

\r?\n> to American cycling. I know

\r?\n> that I benefited from the Cyclo-Pedia catalogs and

\r?\n> the wide variety of equipment

\r?\n> that they sold.


\r?\n> Steve Kurt





\r?\n> Eugenio 'Gene' Gildo Portuesi

\r?\n> Died July 9, 2000

\r?\n> FIFE LAKE - Eugenio "Gene" Gildo Portuesi,

\r?\n> born Dec. 19, 1916, in Detroit, and local Fife Lake

\r?\n> resident since February 1970, passed away Sunday

\r?\n> at home.

\r?\n> He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Rita

\r?\n> "Rit"

\r?\n> LaBrash Portuesi; one brother, Salvador "Sal"

\r?\n> Portuesi of Riverview, Fla.; niece, Linda Portuesi

\r?\n> Gould of Battle Creek; and nephews, Sebastian

\r?\n> Portuesi Jr. of Seattle, Wash., David Portuesi of

\r?\n> Mount Clements, and Michael Frances Portuesi of

\r?\n> Bakersfield, Calif.

\r?\n> Gene and Rit owned Cycle Sport Shop, which

\r?\n> they moved from Detroit to Cadillac, in February

\r?\n> 1970. In October 1980, where as a lifelong

\r?\n> member of the National Rifle Association, Gene

\r?\n> retired in Fife Lake to hunt and fish.

\r?\n> One of the United States' most outstanding

\r?\n> coaches for the sport of bicycle racing, Gene

\r?\n> became interested in bicycle racing as a teenager

\r?\n> when his family lived for several years in

\r?\n> L'Escarene, a village in the vicinity of Nice,

\r?\n> France,

\r?\n> where he enjoyed watching the Tour de France

\r?\n> come through his village every year.

\r?\n> He began his racing career in Detroit, with a

\r?\n> bicycle he brought back from France in 1936,

\r?\n> where he won the Men's Michigan State Bicycle

\r?\n> Racing Championships in 1938 and 1939. However,

\r?\n> due to family obligations and finances, he wasn't

\r?\n> ever able to represent Michigan in the National

\r?\n> Championships.

\r?\n> At the end of World War II, Gene, in

\r?\n> partnership

\r?\n> with Mike Walden, opened two stores as

\r?\n> Continental Sport Shops in Detroit. Shortly

\r?\n> afterwards Gene was drafted and spent two years

\r?\n> in the Pacific theater in the U.S. Army and was

\r?\n> honorably discharged in 1947. Gene's brother, Sal,

\r?\n> managed one of the stores until his return. In the

\r?\n> early 1950s the partnership was dissolved and

\r?\n> Gene opened Cycle Sport Shop on Michigan Ave. in

\r?\n> Detroit, a landmark for the racing community and

\r?\n> the home of the Spartan Cycling Club.

\r?\n> In 1953 he created the first mail-order

\r?\n> catalogue ever dedicated to fine bicycle racing

\r?\n> equipment, the "Cyclo-Pedia." Not only did this

\r?\n> expert offer the finest in road and track equipment,

\r?\n> the catalogue was filled with information concerning

\r?\n> diets, weight training, and tactics for both road

\r?\n> and

\r?\n> track racers. Gene had his team members taking

\r?\n> vitamin supplements and doing weight training that

\r?\n> well prepared them for world class performances.

\r?\n> With his second outstanding contribution to

\r?\n> cycling, Gene was responsible for coaching many

\r?\n> cyclists who became national and world champions.

\r?\n> Because of this talent, he was picked as the coach

\r?\n> of the USA 1964 Olympic cycling team for the

\r?\n> games in Tokyo, Japan.

\r?\n> Visitation hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to

\r?\n> 8

\r?\n> p.m. today at Covell-Smith Funeral Home in

\r?\n> Kingsley.

\r?\n> Special services will be conducted by Lay

\r?\n> Pastoral Minister, Bernadine Hess on Thursday at

\r?\n> 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial immediately

\r?\n> following in Grayling.

\r?\n> Gene will be remembered by his friends and

\r?\n> family for his dedication to the American principle

\r?\n> of

\r?\n> hard work and faithful service to those whose lives

\r?\n> he touched.

\r?\n> In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

\r?\n> Father Flanagan's Boys Home, Boys Town

\r?\n> Nebraska, 68010.