I’ve just re-read the interview with John North from issue 11. I remember reading it at the time and how it made me feel better about the ageing process (I had just turned 40) and that there was no reason why I couldn’t carry on riding a mountain bike for years to come. I never met him, but he sounds an amazing bloke.
Total legend and good friend of Singletrack, John North died last night after a long and complicated illness. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him or knew of him. He was a true legend of the outdoor world.
We will be raising a mug of dishwater like tea to you today John.
camped next to him on a polaris event in the howgills years ago. spent the evening sat supping tea, eating power bars and talking about past trips/races.
a proper nice bloke, and a very inspiring bloke to boot.
So sorry to here the news, John was a real example of northern grit, one tough cookie. We had the good fortune to be sponsored by Karrimor and he was our team manger, used to put us all to shame. A fantastic guy and I’m proud to of known him. RIP John North.