Club pays trib­ute to cy­cling star John

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Euro­pean races. John was Na­tional Hill Climb cham­pion in 1977, win­ning in Castle­ton, Der­byshire; in the same year, he won the Grand Prix de Vau­mas in France.

In 1978, he rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain in the World Road Race Am­a­teurs’ cham­pi­onships in Nur­bur­gring, Ger­many.

John rode the Milk Race in 1978 fin­ish­ing 18th in the GC and fin­ished fifth in the Gir­van Three Day race.

In 1979, he fin­ished eighth in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships for Am­a­teurs at Brad­ford and won the Trophee Peu­geot as an ama­teur in Cam­brai, North­ern France.

Dur­ing this time he also lived and raced in France in the com­pany of such rid­ers as Tour de France stage win­ners Stephen Roche and Sean Yates.

Both Sean and John trav­elled to­gether to Paris for the start of the 1981 sea­son.

It was Sean’s first time with the club.

He re­mem­bered: “John joined ACBB the year be­fore me in 1980, I think, be­cause when I went to Paris on the coach from Lon­don for the ’81 sea­son he was also on the coach which was very lucky be­cause when we got to Paris there was no­body there to meet me.

“He told me it’s a test. It would have been if he had not been there with me be­cause he took me on the Metro to the apart­ment.”

At this time, John rode for ACBB – Ath­letic Club de Boulogne-Bil­lan­court – ar­guably the most in­flu­en­tial ama­teur cy­cling club in the world.

John also raced for South­port CC, Kirkby CC, GS Strada Lutz, Le­je­une, US Creteil and Jack Parker Cy­cles.

In 1980, John rode the Milk race again, fin­ish­ing 30th and then the Tour of Ire­land where he fin­ished fourth but wore the leader’s jer­sey for a num­ber of days.

In 1981, he rode the Tour of Ire­land again where he was the GC leader again for one day. Af­ter his rac­ing days, he went on to work for Falcon and Townsend cy­cles, be­fore run­ning his shop.

A state­ment from the SCC mem­bers said: “Thank you for the mem­o­ries and for help­ing to put South­port Cy­cling Club on the map, John!”

John’s fu­neral is on Thurs­day, Au­gust 30 at Burscough Ceme­tery at 4pm.

John on his way to vic­tory in the 1977 Na­tional Hill Cham­pi­onship and, inset, in the World Ama­teur Cham­pi­onships in 1978

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