Claude Coutard 1928-2017

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Claude Coutard 1928 – 2017 – Photo Trial-Club.com

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a great enthusiast of the sport, Claude Coutard from France.

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1998 Claude Coutard (250 Greeves) on Loch Eild Path – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

He was a well-known rider who competed on Greeves machines in the 1960s. He was father to multiple French Trials Champion, Charles.

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Claude Coutard watches his son, Charles Coutard (Greeves) on Loch Eild Path in 1998 – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

French super-enthusiast Oliver Barjon spoke to Trials Guru about Claude’s passing:

I first met Claude Coutard in the seventies, at the world rounds when his was helping his son, Charles. We talked a lot, as Charles was very focused on his riding.
I will never forget Claude’s blue eyes, until his last years.
Claude discovered trials in the nineteen-fifities, in the woods near Paris (St Cucufa), it really was the beginning of trial sport in France. From that time, his life was dedicated to our sport.
Firstly as a rider, he was the vice French champion behind Christian Rayer, and as ‘the’ French promoteur of our sport  for over 50 years, until recently.
I was 30 years and and one week younger than Claude, sometime on the trials we wish each other ‘happy birthday’.
After Greeves, he rode Bultacos and had a shop in Lyon named ‘Coutard Service’.
We will all miss Claude and our hertfelt sympathies go to his widow, Josette, son Charles and all the Coutard family.”

 

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Claude Coutard and his beloved Greeves in 1994 at Mons, Belgium – Photo: Oliver Barjon

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Claude Coutard (Greeves) – Photo: Jean-Claude Commeat (Photo by Claudio)

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