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Fundraiser launched for family of Jonathan Cantwell, who took his own life aged 36

The crowdfunding campaign aims to raise money to help the young family of Cantwell, a former pro cyclist

A crowdfunding campaign has been started to financially support the young family of Jonathan Cantwell, the Australian former Saxo-Tinkoff rider who died aged just 36 on Tuesday.

The target is $50,000 with over $15,000 already being raised in 12 hours. The fundraiser says Cantwell "lost his battle to mental illness" after a day spent with family and friends, and also highlights the problem of male suicide in Australia; confirming that he took his own life. The word end by urging readers: "If you are sad, speak up. Speak out. Don’t be ashamed! It’s ok to feel sad. It’s ok to ask for help!" 

There is also a number for non-profit Australian crisis support organisation lifeline; UK equivalents are Samaritans (116 123) or CALM for men (0800 58 58 58), both open 24 hours a day. Head over to the GoFundMe page here

Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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