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  • Patrick Adams – The Big Man Has Left Us
  • chipps
    Full Member

    We’re truly sorry to have to tell you that Patrick Adams, that legend of the mountain bike scene, passed away last night, Feb 11th 2024 leaving the wh …

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    Patrick Adams – The Big Man Has Left Us

    DickBarton
    Full Member

    That really is a sad piece of news…

    convert
    Full Member

    Bugger. Very sad news. Condolences to his family. Pat Adams was a good man.

    Princess Anne… and mountain bike royalty.

    Made me chuckle. Very apt.

    chipps
    Full Member

    Made me chuckle. Very apt.

    I thought Pat would have found it funny. He once told me that, on his death, he was planning on being cremated and his ashes turned into an hourglass that ran for 24 hours. 🙂

    hatter
    Full Member

    Someone who got off his behind and made good things happen, you have to respect that.

    Rest in peace.

    Houns
    Full Member

    A great man. RIP

    sc-xc
    Full Member

    I’ll never forget the moment I got the email from Pat for my first solo MM. A three word message that made me ecstatic and shit myself at the same time.  ‘Tom, you’re in’

    What a guy

    RIP

    mick_r
    Full Member

    I can’t think of anyone else who has done more than Pat to shape the race and recreational side of UK mtbing – he will truly be missed and our thoughts are with Chris, Alex and everyone.

    We had a wonderfully surreal trip with Pat to a Budapest world cup mtb race in 1997 – the poster for it is framed on our kitchen wall and will always make us smile and think of him (and the poor unsuspecting Skoda hire car……)

    Harry_the_Spider
    Full Member

    Awww shit. ☹️

    Speshpaul
    Full Member

    Lovely man,

    Very kind words Chipps

    Drac
    Full Member

    Absolute legend and utterly lovely guy.

    RIP Pat.

    Thinking of his family and friend. Chipps take care.

    sillyoldman
    Full Member

    Very sad news.

    nickc
    Full Member

    Balls.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    In the fairly early days of MM I remember cycling across to his cottage in Longnor at ridiculous o’clock in the morning with a couple of mates in order to put our entries in in person.

    Up til then I’d always relied on Special Delivery, I know that for a couple of years it was a full post office van arriving at his place as riders were so desperate to get a place!

    We weren’t the first ones there by any means, he’d had some people call by at about 4am but he always stayed up all night during those early years welcoming random riders to his front door with their MM entries.

    RIP Pat

    Kryton57
    Full Member

    Oh man, that’s very sad.  😔

    onewheelgood
    Full Member

    Very sad. I did 17 Mayhems and for all that time it was the focal point of my year. I owe him, for all the fun – and all the pain and suffering. RIP

    stevemakin
    Free Member

    Oh blimey, that’s sad to hear, sincere condolences to Chris and Alex

    Rona
    Full Member

    Very sorry to hear this. Mayhems were an absolute joy and nightmare rolled into one, and I’ll always be grateful for these fabulous events.

    brant
    Free Member

    Great words about a great man. Thanks for writing this Chipps.

    Sad to hear. Google has provided this gem of more background I never knew. What a guy.

    https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/history/cycling-running-toy-soldiers-potteries-3943095

    Cheers Pat. You’re a legend.

    xcstu
    Free Member

    Sad sad news.. some very very fond memories of the events he organised and as many said legend for what he did for the sport! RIP big man

    palaganda
    Full Member

    Condolences to his family.

    Pat was a gentleman. Always helpful  and friendly. Organised great, rider orientated events. Greatly missed.

    jameso
    Full Member

    That is sad to read. But a fitting tribute. Pat was a lovely guy, such a positive influence on the riding world.

    Bruce
    Full Member

    Thank Pat, I loved solo singlespeed Mayhems. RIP 🙁

    tintim
    Full Member

    Thank you Pat for everything. One of the best highlights for me was meeting you at the finish line, your smile and passion for the sport made the pain worthwhile and quickly forgotten. Condolences to your family, if there’s a heaven you’ll be carving out courses in no time.

    MrAgreeable
    Full Member

    A total legend. I interviewed him a few years back and loved the story about him shaking everyone’s hands after the first (tiny) edition of MM, then just carrying on with it as the event grew to thousands of participants. https://singletrackworld.com/2016/05/feature-the-man-behind-the-mayhem/

    dropoff
    Full Member

    Quite possibly the only person capable of creating such agony and ecstasy in a single event. So sad.

    beamers
    Full Member

    Such sad news. I had the pleasure of speaking to Pat, and Chris, in the run up to many a Mayhem and Sleepless while co-ordinating the entry of the Army Team entry into the events. Such a top bloke who did so much for so many riders and our sport / activity. My thoughts are with Chris and his family. Rest easy big man.

    a11y
    Full Member

    Lovely words about someone who was undoubtedly a lovely man. Only ever ‘met’ Pat once – as many of us have – shaking his hand crossing the line in a 24hr race.

    Jeeble
    Full Member

    That handshake meant so much every year.

    RIP Pat.

    MrSparkle
    Full Member

    RIP. He did so much for our sport.

    reluctantwrinkly
    Free Member

    I did a few Mountain Mayhems a long time back, the mud, oh the mud- and the dust at Sandwell Park! It was the highlight of the year for many mountain bikers and I always remember the threads of anticipation on here in the run up to the event. A great event, very well run. RIP Pat.

    Nick
    Full Member

    Very sad news, will wear my 2004 Mountain Mayhem Mudfest buff as a mark of respect on this evening’s ride.

    Paul-B
    Full Member

    Like a lot of folks on here, some of my best mountain biking memories are from the various Mayhems we rode. Bloody brilliant events. I also remember trying to deliver our entries to his cottage in the middle of nowhere!

    We’ve lost a true personality & pioneer of our sport

    RIP Pat.

    teamslug
    Free Member

    Sad news. A great guy who always had a tale to tell. Always approachable and even though he must have heard it thousands of times always listened to tales of woe and happiness at Mayhem. I remember after second Gatcombe he was driving round in his buggy and stopped for a cuppa. Will be missed.

    Norwester
    Full Member

    Sad news. Fond memories of him at the 24 hour race line I did back in the early 2000’s.

    Mounty_73
    Full Member

    Very sad news, a few happy memories from some of his events…

    glenncampbell
    Full Member

    Very sad news indeed. Was pleased to shake his hand a few times at the end of SITS. RIP.

    honeybadgerx
    Full Member

    Only just read this, very sad news but hopefully balanced with some comfort that he had a massive positive impact on a lot of people’s memories – even only following that last lap! I had the pleasure of rocking up to his door in the early hours to secure a solo MM entry many years ago, followed by a number of others, and it really hit home how much of a community he’d created, not just a “race.”

    paddy0091
    Free Member

    The founding father of 24 hour racing, very sad to hear. RIP Pat

    treklass
    Full Member

    Sad news indeed. The MTB world really has lost a legend.

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