Cycling South Africa is saddened to hear of the death of Western Cape cyclist Frank Buckle (55), who passed away from a heart attack during the Piketberg Community Cycle Race in the Western Cape on Sunday 25 September.
Buckle (originally from Johannesburg but has resided in the Western Cape for close to 20 years) was a keen rugby player growing up, but from the moment he got onto a bicycle, cycling became his life.
He was a spinning instructor at the Virgin Active in Canal Walk for six years until April this year, when he moved to Knysna. He has also completed the Cape Town Cycle Tour 28 times.
Buckle was well known in his cycling community. Members of his family described him as an extremely loveable, soft and friendly person. He leaves behind daughter Bonnie, son Kyle, brother Derrick, stepbrothers Thienus and Nicky, stepsisters Theresa and Natasha, and fiancé, Delien Coetser.
In a message from Coetser’s family, it is Buckle’s, warm heart, many smiles, and love and care for his fiancé that will never be forgotten.
On behalf of Cycling SA, we express our sincere condolences and sympathy to his fiancé, Delien Coetser, and the family and friends of Frank Buckle on his untimely passing.