Sad to hear. I spoke to him a couple of times years ago at some events I can't now remember. Always seemed to be smiling and encouraging. RIP.
Rider down - Nick (32:16) Wallis R.I.P.
Keep riding in the sky dude. RIP
Keep talking to each other and help each other out, and be prepared to receive that help.
Wise words from drain.
Sad sad news - RIP Nick . . .
Please can you pass this message on to everyone who knew Nick:
A funeral service is to be held for Nick at Ribchester Parish Church of St Wilfrid on Monday 11th June at 10.30am prior to a committal at Preston Crematorium.
Nick wouldn't believe that he had friends, he needs to know that he did. Please come if you can.
There is a special request to all the mountain bikers. Come on your bike and in your cycling kit. You will be riding behind Nick on his last journey. And because this is Nick, it will start with a sodding great hill.
And to all, no flowers. Nick was worried about the fate of all the local bike shops who are struggling in the current economic climate. So instead of flowers or donations, go and buy yourself new gloves, or socks, or a new helmet or whatever else you think you need but couldn't justify buying. But get it from your local independent bike shop, not some high street chain.
A final request, the service at the crematorium will not be formal, we would just like a few of his friends to stand up and share any good memories that they had. If you would like to do so, then please let us know.
P.S. the caterers are panicking about the amount of chilli and flapjack to put on, so an idea of numbers would be great
I'll be there. Let me know if you want any university stories.
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Didn't know Nick but this is sad news indeed, have had a read on the blog and it's saddening to think that he didn't feel he could get any more help, and this was the only escape.
Been reading his blog and what comes across is a man with incredible warmth, enthusiasm and passion. A real inspiration. My thoughts are with his friends and family. RIP.
RIP to someone that, from his blog, seemed like a top bloke.
I wanted to thank everyone for the thoughts, pictures and memories of Nick that have been posted here and on his blog and to those who have sent emails.
Nick's greatest joy in life was moutain biking. In fact, the only place he ever really looked completely comfortable was on his bike. He especially loved racing, not for the competition, but for the fact that he could catch up with everyone. Whenever we got to a race he would leap out of the car before it had even stopped and disappear to see who he could find. He would usually roll up some time later having already bummed a beer and cake off someone, all smiles, with tales of what everyone had been up to since the last time he'd seen them.
Whenever I think of Nick, I think of the finish line of a race. He would cross the line covered in mud, and occasionally blood, and would be looking round for me. I always met him there and I treasure the memory of the way that his face would light up when he spotted me. This was entirely due to the fact that I would have a beer ready for him and be carrying cash to buy food I might add!
Nick's last and greatest achievement was LEJOG, unsupported and on a singlespeed. However, being Nick he was completely astounded that anyone would be interested in it. He was genuinely surprised and pleased at the comments on his blog... he would rush to tell me who had posted and what they had said like a little boy at christmas. He had only been back a day when he started planning riding the EWE and had hopes of entering the great divide next year. I know that he would have done it, his ability to just keep riding in the worst of conditions was incredible.
Nick's passing was way too soon, he had so much still left to achieve and he would have done it with the usual big grin on his face, always annoyingly cheery. I shall miss him every day. I know his friends will as well.
Lovely words Kirsty, my thoughts are with you.
He truly did have an enthusiasm for the sport and the social side of it all.
As Lee said, lovely words Kirsty. The thoughts of all of us are with you.
Gone far too soon but very fondly remembered by many, many friends.
He touched more lives than he knew, my sincere condolences
terrible news!!! no doubt that i have seen nick at some point over the years as i have worked on all of the mountain mayhems as sound enginneer, the name does sound familiar. my thoughts are with kirsty and all of his friends at this sad time, i will raise a beer in your honour.... im sure pat and chipps will arrange a fitting tribute to your memory.... ride in peace nick.....
So sad. RIP Nick.
Love the people you are with, while they are with you, for we know not how long his will last.
Nick seems to have had quality if not quantity of life.
Crying and laughing at the same time. Lovely words Kirsty.
r.i.p see you on the other mountain
Thank you to everyone who managed to attend. I'm glad you could be there.
Been in floods of tears since I found out earlier tonight. Sorry it wasn't in time for the funeral.
Spent much time on tandems, single speeds & Turners many years ago - much fun, good food, lots of beer & giggling!
My life is much richer for knowing you Nick. I'm sure many people could say the same.
Hugs to you, Kirsty.
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