Obituary: Chris Dixon

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Obituary: Chris Dixon

Posted: 24th June 2011
Source: Peter Smith, Secretary, British Cycling North East Region

British Cycling has been advised that Chris Dixon, who had been ill for some time with cancer, passed away on 24th June. Chris had been the Treasurer for the old Cleveland Division for 20 years and a further eight years for the current North East Region. He was a prolific event organiser and volunteer for more than 30 years.

Chris had been suffering from cancer for some time and had recovered from an operation to remove a kidney tumour around two years ago. However, eight weeks ago, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. However, such was his dedication to the sport, that Chris was still heavily involved in the organisation of the Stan Robson race just two weeks ago. Chris was to have been nominated by for the David Saunders Memorial Trophy for Services to Sport this year.

Upon hearing the news British Cycling President Brian Cookson said, "Chris put so much into our sport over so many years - he was one of our really remarkable stalwarts and will be sorely missed. I extend sincere condolences to his family and friends".

Northern East Regional Chair Steve Davies, who knew Chris well, said: "I am old enough to have raced with Chris in the days when he was a very competitive road man riding with Cleveland Coureurs and remember him as a hard man on the bike and a lovely guy otherwise. Chris has been a stalwart of the North Eastern road race scene for many years and his contribution to race organisation and regional duties will be sorely missed."

Chris leaves a wife, a daughter (Helen) and two sons Neil and Paul. British Cycling would like to pass on sincere condolences to Chris' family and friends at this sad time. Chris will be greatly missed by all members within the Region and beyond.