Bob Pfarr Jr., part of a successful and celebrated Wisconsin cycling family, died earlier this week from injuries he sustained when an SUV crashed into him on a highway near his home in Denton, Texas.
The 64-year-old started his racing career in Kenosha, and followed the wheel of his father Bob Pfarr Sr., an Olympian and member of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. The younger Pfarr was training for a return to competitive cycling, after a break during which he focused on caring for his ailing wife.
Bob Pfarr Jr. shared this with his Corinth Cycling teammates: “I’ve been around racing my whole life, won my first race in 1959 and just enjoy competitive cycling. After my latest respite from formal competition I was relegated down to Cat4, but it doesn’t really matter to me since I compete mostly in age group racing now. I’m semi-retired and widowed. I plan to make a serious run at the racing circuit in 2013 and expect to race at least as much as you have recently as well as on the state and national level. I race road, track and time trial. I’ve never done cross or mountain bike racing.”
For more on Bob Pfarr Jr. and his family legacy, check out this post from the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. The local advocacy group has joined Pfarr’s daughters in creating a memorial fund in his name to improve the safety of bicycling in the Kenosha and Racine communities.
Contributions to this fund can be sent to:
Wisconsin Bike Fed
c/o Bob Pfarr, Jr. Memorial Fund
3618 West Pierce
Milwaukee WI 53215