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ABR’s Evancevich dies

Nestor Evancevich, founder and principle officer of American BicycleRacing, died in his sleep during the night of Wednesday, September 4. ABR is a national membership organization that promotes the sport ofbicycle racing and was the first of a series of organizations to successfully break away from the sport's national governing body, USA Cycling and focus almost exclusively on grassroots cycling. During the 1980's, Evancevich was instrumental in the rapid growth ofbicycle racing in Illinois and the greater midwest. He became the Illinois USCF District Rep in 1985 when there were

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By Mike Hanley, Special to VeloNews.com

Nestor Evancevich, founder and principle officer of American BicycleRacing, died in his sleep during the night of Wednesday, September 4.

ABR is a national membership organization that promotes the sport ofbicycle racing and was the first of a series of organizations to successfully break away from the sport’s national governing body, USA Cycling and focus almost exclusively on grassroots cycling.

During the 1980’s, Evancevich was instrumental in the rapid growth ofbicycle racing in Illinois and the greater midwest. He became the Illinois USCF District Rep in 1985 when there were just seven races on the calendar. Over the next several years, with a small group of friends, he managed to put another 90 races on the schedule, and double the number of clubs, riders and officials in the district. Those were great days that saw the rise of the Illinois Cycling Association, Mid-America Time Trial Series (MATTS), Velo-Tech event services and most of the major events in the state.During the 1990’s, Evancevich became the first USCF “Super Rep” as hegradually took over first, Wisconsin and ultimately Indiana, Kentucky andMichigan.On any given day he was the life of the party. With an ever present smile and warm greeting for everyone, he lived his dream of turning the midwest into a vital cycling community.There will be a wake for Evancevich on Friday, September 6, from 2 p.m.to 9 p.m. at the Thornridge Funeral Home at 15801 Cottage Grove Ave, Dolton IL 60419; Phone: 708/841-2300Evancevich’s funeral will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, at the St. Archangel Michael Serbian Church at 18550 Stony Island Ave, Lansing, IL 60438; Phone: 708/895-8998