Clyde Rimple

Full Name: Clyde Rimple
Born: June 16, 1937 (age 77 years)
Birthplace: Marabella, San Fernando, Trinidad
Height / Weight: 5'10" (177 cm) / 154 lb. (70 kg)
Sport:
Category: Men’s 1000m time trials, Match Sprint

Career Highlights

 1960

  • 23rd, Men’s 1000m time trials, 1:16.08 min;  Games of the XVII Olympiad, Rome, Italy, 25th August – 11th September
  •  2nd of 3, Round Two Repechage Men’s Sprint; Men’s Road Race Individual, Games of the XVII Olympiad, Rome, Italy, 25th August – 11th September
  •  3rd of 3, Round Two Men’s Sprint; Games of the XVII Olympiad, Rome, Italy, 25th August – 11th September
  • 2nd of 3, Round One Repechage Men’s Sprint finals; Games of the XVII Olympiad, Rome, Italy, 25th August – 11th September
  • 1st of 2, Round One Repechage Men’s Sprint 12.5 secs; Games of the XVII Olympiad, Rome, Italy, 25th August – 11th September
  • 2nd of 2, Round One Men’s Sprint; Games of the XVII Olympiad, Rome, Italy, 25th August – 11th September

1959

  • Men’s Road Race, Central American & Caribbean games, Caracas, Venezuela, 6th–15th January
  • 1000m Time trial, Pan American Games, Chicago, USA, 27th August – 7th September

 1958

  • DNP – Did not Place; Men’s Road Race, Men’s 10 mile Scratch race, British Empire Games, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 18th-26th July

Interesting Facts

  •  Was featured on the cover of the 1961 “Sporting Cyclist” Magazine
  • At the age of 20 years, had already won several races in Trinidad
  • Migrated to England at the age of 23 years
  • Worked at a company making Tea Urns in London
  • Enrolled in the Royal Army and competed on their behalf
  • Raced regularly at local and RAF Cycle Events
  • Studied Engineering at Woolwich Polytechnic, England
  • One of three athletes selected to represent the West Indies Federation at their first – ever international forum, the 1960 Rome Olympics

Biography

Clyde Rimple was born on June 16th 1937, in the Southern town of Marabella, (close to San Fernando), Trinidad. By the time he was 20, Rimple had already won several National races in Trinidad and Tobago and also competed regionally and at the British Empire Games in 1958.

 In the 1958 British Empire (now Commonwealth) Games in Cardiff, Wales, the Trinidadian team rode in all the Cycling Races except the pursuit.  They put on an admirable show and while they did not win any medals, Clyde learned a lot from the experience.  Shortly thereafter, he moved to London and joined the Cambrian Wheelers Cycle Club.  He got a job near London, making tea urns, and would use his salary to purchase Bikes and cycling gear.  He saved and was able to purchase some quality bikes and rode in local races every chance he got.

 In autumn 1959 he enrolled at Woolwich Polytechnic as an engineering student while still working at the tea urn factory, when he saw an advertisement for the RAF (British Royal Army) which he decided to join.  Posted to RAF Locking near Bridgewater which is close to the famed ‘Bridgewater Flats’ cycling course, Rimple, like a lot of the other National Servicemen, was able to race regularly in both local and RAF events.   He performed very well in these races.

 In 1960, through the auspices of his RAF Camp Sports Officer, he was selected by the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation to attend the 1960 Rome Olympics, a signal honour for the cyclist.  At the Olympics, Clyde bravely rode everything, both road and track.  He competed in the Men’s 1000m time trials where he finished in 23rd position in the finals in a time of 1:16.08.  In the Men’s Sprint, he finished 2nd in the 2nd round Repechage Heat Two. In the Men’s Individual Road Race, he did not finish (DNF).  His was a good performance – though not quite good enough to medal – he did his country proud.  At these Olympics he met and became good friends with several of the continental riders and cycling personalities.

 Clyde then returned to the UK where he continued to ride for the RAF and was posted to a station within comfortable riding distance of Welwyn stadium, so that he cycled and trained almost every day.  While living in England, he affiliated himself with cycling clubs such as the Cambrian Wheelers and Actonia Cycling Club of London which he represented at several cycling events all across England. This continuous participation in UK Cycling Events led to him being featured on the cover of the 1961 Coureur magazine, “The Sporting Cyclist”.

 Clyde made a very meaningful, albeit, short contribution to a much-loved sport in his country of birth, his dedication and commitment inspiring many future Cyclists to pursue their dreams, in the decades which followed.

Education

  • Woolwich Polytechnic, England, UK

References

Sport Clubs / Teams

Cambrian Wheelers London, England (GBR), RAF, London, England (GBR), Actonia CC, London, England (GBR)

Men’s Road Race, Individual

 

 

Games

Age

City

Sport

Country

Phase

Unit

Rank

1960 Summer

23

Roma Cycling West Indies Federation Final Standings

AC

DNF

 

 Men’s Sprint

 

Games

Age

City

Sport

Country

Phase

Unit

Rank

T

1960 Summer

23

Roma Cycling West Indies Federation Round Two Repêchage Heat Two

2

1960 Summer

23

Roma Cycling West Indies Federation Round Two Heat Three

3

1960 Summer

23

Roma Cycling West Indies Federation Round One Repêchage Final Heat Three

2

QU
1960 Summer

23

Roma Cycling West Indies Federation Round One Repêchage Heat Nine

1

QU

12.5

1960 Summer

23

Roma Cycling West Indies Federation Round One Heat One

2

Men’s 1,000 metres Time Trial

 

Games

Age

City

Sport

Country

Phase

Unit

Rank

T

1960 Summer

23

Roma Cycling West Indies Federation Final Standings

23

1:16.08

 

 

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