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French tri­als en­thu­si­ast Oliver Bar­jon spoke about Claude’s pass­ing: “I first met Claude Coutard in the seven­ties at the world rounds when he was help­ing his son Charles. Claude dis­cov­ered tri­als in the 1950s in the woods near Paris (St Cu­cufa) it re­ally was the be­gin­ning of tri­als in France. From that time his life was ded­i­cated to our sport. Firstly as a rider he was the run­nerup French Cham­pion be­hind Chris­tian Rayer, and as ‘the’ French pro­moter of our sport for over 50 years un­til re­cently. Af­ter Greeves he rode Bul­ta­cos and had a shop in Lyon named ‘Coutard Ser­vice’. We will all miss Claude and our heart­felt sym­pa­thies go to his widow, Josette, son Charles and all the Coutard fam­ily.”

Pic­ture Credit: Oliver Bar­jon

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