It is with great sadness that we report the death, on 28th September, of Phil Ridgway, from cancer at the age of 69. So many of us benefitted from Phil’s cheerful leadership of rides around the Peak District. His ready smile, good humour and friendship were always a joy.
Though slight in build Phil was a formidable cyclist, tackling steep inclines by “spinning” in a low gear, and seemingly able to carry on normal conversation while everyone else was gasping for air. Among his accomplishments was winning the Tourist Class of the annual Manchester District Association’s hill climb at Diggle Old Road on a touring bike complete with loaded panniers — Phil always seemed to have at least one full pannier during club runs! He also completed the Wild Wales Challenge several times, together with family members, and participated in the CTC Birthday Rides and the Semaine Fédérale in France. Local favourites were Phil’s annual pre-Christmas rides around Glossop and Lantern Pike and, during summer, rides to destinations such as Hartington, Cheddleton, Thorpe, Bretton, Onecote, Rudyard, Snake Pass and so on. All of these featured serious climbing, but were memorable for their views and wonderful scenery. So many happy memories which will live on in our hearts and minds.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Clare, Tom, Mark and Ian, and their families, at this difficult time.