Yorkshire bike and component maker Planet X has announced the death of Ray Eden, a long standing employee and well-known racing cyclist in all disciplines.
A police investigation is pending but local accounts from near Eden’s home in Doncaster describe a street incident which resulted in the forty-two year old being taken to hospital in an unconscious state. He was pronounced dead on Monday evening.
Ray Eden will be best known to Cycling Weekly readers as the winner of the RTTC National 100-mile Championship in 1995 at only his second attempt, after coming second to Geoff Platts the previous year.
But he was widely known and popular in many other aspects of cycle sport, having started mountain bike racing with staggering success at the Eastway circuit only a few years beforehand.
Within a couple of seasons he had moved onto road racing and enjoyed a meteoric rise to Premier Calendar races and represented GB four times in 1995, including the Irish Ras stage race in which he won a stage and the points jersey.
There will be an obituary in the March 31st issue of Cycling Weekly
Details: Planet X