10 years after Jason died, a memorial ride was arranged around the hills of Derbyshire and Cheshire, ensing at the spot on the Woodhead Pass where Jason died. Many turned up for the ride, but we also received from movng tributes from people who couldn't make it on the day. To all those who remembered the day,we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I want to say “have a great day tomorrow” but it doesn’t sound right. You know what I mean I hope.
I’m going to Rory Hitchens wedding on Thursday and Dave Hemming and Jo Burt will be best men. There will be a few glasses raised in JMC’s memory.
The news of your accident 10 years ago was a huge blow to so many of us that loved and admired you. Not only were you a great mountain bikers, but as an outsider you semmed like a great son, friend and most of all person!! My due date for my first child is today (August 24th) and it made me think how much your family must miss you. I have never met my child, but I still can not believe the love I hold for her in my heart. I hope that where ever you might be now that you can still look down upon us and grace us with your smile and love. Always know that you are missed and it is moments like today that help us reflect on the impact you left on us. Thank you for sharing some moments of you life with us and hopefully someday we will meet again! You are missed, Leigh Donovan.
Jim, Rose and Family,
Today is my due date (Aug 24th) to deliver our (Stikman and I) first baby and as I write this to you I have fear that something could go wrong and I might not get to meet her. It made me think of how precious our children are to us even unborn. I can not begin to know the emptiness Jason's accident must have left with you, but I can tell you that he was such an incredible man and will never be forgotten. I just wanted to thank you for sharing him with the world and giving people like myself all the way from California the chance to meet and know such a fun and spirited person. I can tell he was and still is extremely loved!!! I will be thinking of you today and hoping that Jason's memories continue to inspire and live on forever!!! Love, Leigh Donovan.
you are missed a lot. You are part of Moutain Biking History!
Keep an eye on us and make sure we stay on the right trails.
Sorry I cannot make it as I'm in the States; it would of been nice to be there. Send my regards to Jasons family. Dale Holmes.
Already been out thinking on the bike but won't be at the ride this avo. Was up on Woodhead last Saturday to pay my respects but as I was never lucky enough to have met Jason, it doesn't seem quite right being at such a personal gathering with those whose lives he was such a part of.
HIs influence and image will always be there for any of us who were riding at that time though, and i can only extend my deepest sympathies, to Jim and family, Sophie and everyone else.
Sorry I never met Jase, glad that so many did
I have always remembered JMC as a guy that I always looked forward to seeing at the races. He was always in good sprits and was always ready to have fun. I was fortunate to have been able to share times with Jason will never forget my friend. I hope that everyone has a good time in remembering him on the day; I think that is what he would have wanted most.
Cheers to all,
I'm thinking of JMC today, he was an idol to me 10 years ago and still is to this day. RIP JMC
I can't believe it's been 10 years already. I wish I could be there with you guys and be a part of this day to remember such a great guy. I remember watching him bomb the Mammoth Kamikaze my very first year racing mountain bike and thinking... "this Brit is freaking crazy"! I never thought that someday I would match his level of courage riding a bike down a mountain. More importantly, I knew I would never match his level of post race partying. Good times indeed.
Rest in Peace JMC!
Have a goodun kid and ask Jase why he was so powerful at BMX and smoked me?
Sorry I can't be with you today to remember Jason. Please pass my sympathies along to Jim, Rose and family.
I am with you all today in spirit; things have conspired against me to be able to be there today. I wanted to ride with you all so much, have a few laughs and chats about our friend Jason; he meant something to us on so many levels. I am sat here speechless that ten years of our lives have gone by, we have all achieved so much in what only seems like five minutes since our good friend has been gone.
I would just like to say, we will all see him again one day. Take care everybody
Norco Bicycles UK
I hope you have all had a good day at the ride. I am sorry I could not have been there. I had only just begun to get in to racing 10 years ago so although i knew Jason as the legend he was in our sport i never really knew him personally.
However the in 1996 the JMC foundation sent me out to do my first international race in France, which i think is really where my career started. So 10 years later i can say a huge thanks to Jim for the opportunity he gave me and to Jason for the inspiration for getting out and racing internationally.