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Cyclist hurt in "road rage" attack last year dies

Huddersfield CTC chairman & cycling campaigner John Radford was 70

John Radford, the cyclist severely injured in a road rage attack last July, has died.

Mr Radford, who was 69 at the time was knocked off his bike after an altercation with Michael Gledhill, 23 on July 31 2013. Last month Leeds Crown Court found Gledhill guilty of causing serious injury through dangerous driving

The crash left Mr Radford in a wheelchair with severe brain damage. Gledhill has not yet been sentenced, but has been told to expect to do jail time.

According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Mr Radford was discharged just over a week ago from a specialist neurological rehabilitation centre in York, as his condition had worsened.

He returned to him home in Meltham.

He died during the night of November 4 with wife Pat and daughters Emma and Helen by his bedside.

John Radford was chairman of Huddersfield CTC and a Yorkshire regional representative on the CTC’s national council.

He is credited with spearheading the CTC's Road Justice campaign in West Yorkshire by meeting with his PCC, Mark Burns-Williamson, to deliver the Road Justice report.

Kirkless councillor and former mayor Martyn Bolt, who succeeded John Radford on the CTC national council said: “John was a remarkable man.

“He will be a great loss to the local cycling community. For many years John was a big figure both physically and administratively and he leaves big boots to fill.

“I was privileged to have ridden with him in his last endurance race and he was a man always willing to help others. He will be sorely missed.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

Readers have asked whether the charge against Michael Gledhill can now be changed to causing death by dangerous driving. Under the Law Reform (Year and a Day Rule) Act 1996, this does seem to be possible. However a prosecution under these circumstances requires the consent of the Attorney General. We're trying to find out if such permission is being sought.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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