For once words fail me. We are all amazed and devastated by this news. Especially after we had been with John on the Classic Cols trip in France last week – I had shared a room with John and he was excellent company – we laughed loads, he was an inspiration.
John collapsed and died on Tuesday 27th September at his home in Surrey. The exact cause of death is not yet known. He was 27. Obviously everyone’s condolences go to his family, his many close friends and his fiancée, I can’t imagine how hard it must be for them and it seems so unbelievable that someone so full of energy, ideas and enthusiasm is no longer a part of our lives.
John raced as a professional in Belgium and Italy, and retired last year to start the Fit-For coaching consultancy. Just recently he had no space for new clients, he was clearly building a successful and popular service. John had also helped organise and promote beginners races for the Surrey League. He was always happy to pass on tips and advice, showing a maturity beyond his years.
I first met John in 1999 when he rode for the Men’s Health Pro team. He helped us with a photo shoot for Cycling Today and I was impressed with his appetite for cakes, his love of cycling and the fact that he never stopped talking. More recently, John had written several articles for RCUK in return for a plug for his new business, he cut no corners and was always happy to help, which is how I’m sure most people will remember him.
John will be sorely missed.