Warrington RC president Ron Spencer died suddenly on Thursday evening with a suspected heart attack. He was 69.

Spencer was national 12-hour champion in 1963 and second in the BBAR that year. Thirty years later, he was still clocking fast standards against the clock.

He was a long-time frame maker and mainstayof the trade scene with his shop Ron Spencer Cycles, which doubled up as a meeting place for his long-time club.

The news has shocked friends and clubmates. “Ron went out for 90 miles by himself on Monday, which makes you think there was no underlying health problem,” said Warrington RC member Darrell Webster.

“He anchored the club as a president and had a genuine love for the sport. His enthusiasm and willngness to get involved was the mark of him as a man. Nothing was too much effort for Ron.”

Up to his death, Spencer had been actively involved in his work, riding and the club, notably helping to organise

last year’s inaugural Johnny Helms Memorial TT.

Ron Spencer Cycles has contacted customers to collect bikes and is closed for the time being.

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Ron Spencer in full flight. He remained an avid cyclist right up until his death.

  • ken cheveau

    Ron was a really nice bloke, dry sence of humour, worked with him at fords in the early seventies, RIP Ron.

  • Phil Ryan

    Ron was a real gentleman, always helpful and dedicated club man, sad to hear he’s gone, but not forgotten

  • Rob Baird

    Sad news. Buying a new bike should always be a good experience, at Ron’s it was.
    I got my first road bike from Ron Spencers a pearl coloured Peugeot. A Christmas present in 1983.
    Then a GT Mountain bike in 1992.
    He was always a helpful friendly bloke and obviously knew his stuff.

    I bought a bike this year in Bristol and as I walked out of the shop with my £700 bike I struggled opening the door to wheel it out as two bike shop staff watched while having a chat.

  • Steve Thompson

    Very sad news. I only started cycling after some knee trouble after years of running.
    Having bought my first bike aged 52- Ron was a great help and his love of cycling was apparent as soon as you asked him a question. He was very patient and helpful- given he knew so much and I knew so little.
    My condolences to his family.

  • Nick Caldwell

    Very sad news. Ron & his sons run a superb shop where you can be guaranteed quality service & maintenance. Not long since Mrs Spencer died either so thoughts are with the family. Saw him on his bike only last week. Good on yer Ron.

  • Graeme Bailey

    Very sad news indeed. Ron was a very nice and pleasant person to deal with. Such a shame and lets hope the cycle shop can continue in his memory.

  • Kathryn Dale

    Very very sad news! My thoughts are with his family and friends. I have great childhood memories of choosing my new bikes from his shop xxx