Irish cyclist confirmed dead after he went missing while riding in Thailand

The 45-year-old was hit by a vehicle and died in hospital

An Irish cyclist has been confirmed dead after he went missing while on holiday in Thailand.

John Martyn was reported missing by his cycling club after he didn’t check out of his hotel, as news later emerged that he had died after being hit by a vehicle.

Mr Martyn is believed to have been involved in a crash with a vehicle while descending mountainous terrain in the north of the country, according to The Irish Independent.

The 42-year-old, who lived in Beijing, China, had been forced to extend his cycling holiday because of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to reports, Mr Martyn was hit by a car near Chiang Mai on February 9 and wasn’t carrying any identification.

Emergency services responded to the incident and Mr Marytn was taken to hospital, where he died from his injuries.

He had been due to check out of his hotel in Thailand on February 16, and his personal items including his phone were still in his room, but Mr Martyn and his Trek Madone were missing.

The Singha Tsukemen 55 Cycling Club raised the alarm earlier this month after Mr Martyn, from Ballinderreen in County Galway, went missing saying “his cycling buddies from across the world are concerned for him.”

He was described as a well-liked rider, friendly and an avid traveller.

Mr Martyn is believed to have been a counsellor at a school in Beijing.

Earlier this year, Cycling Weekly reported that sad news that racing cyclist and “inspiration” Josephine Gilbert had died after being hit by a car.

The 25-year-old, who raced across the UK and an international level, died after she was hit by a lorry while riding near Derby.

Josephine Gilbert, who raced in the British National Championships and the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire was knocked off her bike on the A52 just outside of Derby on Tuesday, January 21.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.