It is with very deep regret that we announce the death of Johnny Helms. Our resident cartoonist needs no introduction after entertaining readers for more than six decades and for many he not only personified this magazine but also the essence of the British club cyclist.

Cycling Weekly simply won’t be the same without Helms. The man from Cheshire was at the very centre of this publication for more than half of its 118-year history.

His work served to document club life through some six decades. That’s approaching three-and-a half thousand cartoons since February 1946, making Helms the longest continually published contributor not only of this magazine but any publication in the UK and probably the world.

One of my first and lasting memories of Cycling when I first read this magazine as a teenager was of a luckless rider being pursued by one of Helms’s famous canine creations.

Several years ago when I visited Johnny he drew a cartoon for my daughter. Was it of that dog? Of course it was!

A full obituary appears in news and next week’s special issue of Cycling Weekly (November 19) will feature a 12-page Helms tribute.

Robert Garbut is editor of Cycling Weekly magazine