Obituary: John Mallinson

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John Mallinson passed away on Friday surrounded by his family. John, originally from Liverpool, has been a huge presence in the North West region for many decades.

As well as organising events, chairing various regional cycling bodies and organisations, John was a well-respected coach who has helped many young riders including some who went on to become well-known international stars. Working alongside his wife Doreen, their joint influence as stalwart volunteers within the world of cycling has been tremendous. John’s legacy will continue to have a long lasting influence within cycle sport.

Former British Cycling President and current UCI President Brian Cookson knew John well. He said: "John and Doreen were amongst the very first people that I came across when I was a young rider.

"They helped me on many occasions, including my earliest time as a local official, during which time John was, for many years, Chairman of Lakeland and Lancashire Division , a race organiser and later President of British Cycling.

“It was fitting that he and Doreen were amongst the first group to be made members of the British Cycling Hall of Fame when we established it in 2009. Cycling in Great Britain will forever be in their debt and I offer Doreen and family my deepest condolences".

British Cycling offers its deepest sympathy to Doreen and their family.

John's funeral service will be at The Crematorium Charnock Richard, Near Chorley, Lancashire on Monday 10 February at 1pm.