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This morning I received an email that stopped me in my tracks. A fellow reader informed me about the passing of his good friend Nicko who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer yesterday. I didn’t know Nicko but did search my inbox and sure enough I found some comments that he left on CyclingTips as well as a couple email exchanges. If you’ve ever gone through cancer with a family member or friend you’ll have seen first hand how ugly this disease can be.
We lost a good mate to pancreatic cancer yesterday. Nick Best was an early follower of cyclingtipsblog and put many of the family at www.3fidi.com into contact with you thru the blog.
After surgery early in 2010, Nick was back on the bike and loving every moment he had. Every day during the months of chemo that followed he was keen to ride and ride and ride. Once finished with treatment it was a waiting game, one he endured with as much bike time as he could manage. He knew the bike wasn’t going to cure him – but was determined to enjoy the journey.
Unfortunately, secondaries began to emerge early in 2012. Nick adjusted to the situation – unable to ride he settled on the hope that he’d see one last TdF in 2012. Nick achieved that goal and more. He leaves behind a loving wife, three young sons and a tight gang of cycling mates based in Canberra @ www.3fidi.com.
Greg Burghardt and I are riding Haute Route next week and will miss his funeral – but every one of those 21 Cols will be ridden for Nick.
Regards – John Coleman
My sincere condolances to Nicko’s family, friends and the community he cycled with. Nicko was only days away from his 48th birthday – far, far too young. All the best to Greg and John riding Haute Route in his honor. As hard as it gets guys, I’m sure Nicko would have given anything to be there with you.