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Ray Eden (1968-2011)

Ray Eden (1968-2011)

It is with the very greatest regret that Planet X/OnOne have to announce the death yesterday evening of Ray Eden following a tragic incident last Friday.
Ray was Planet X's first employee and from that day in 1995 gave unstinting service and loyalty to our company. Ray had Planet X written through him and we are what we are only through Ray's efforts over those years.

Ray's love of cycling began in the 80s as a cycle messenger in London, but his huge chest and lungs, coupled with enormous thighs, led him to success in competitive cycling. In his first year Ray came second in the National 100 TT going on to later win that title as well as a points victory in the RAAS.

More recently Ray has been rowing with Doncaster Rowing Club, a sport in which he competed with his wife Gail and son Finn.

At this time all our thoughts are with Gail and Finn.

Although from Liverpool, and always proud of the fact, Ray was a 'naturalised' Yorkshireman, he was as we say ' a reet good 'un'.
Ray, from all of us at Planet X, all our love and rest in peace.
To leave a message in our e-book of condolence please use the box below

22 March 2011


  • Deirdre

    Only found this now - I remember Ray and his nothern version of carbo loading - beer, and his ingenious side by side bike trailer. Turning up for Eastway and Beastway - road and MTB - he had an apetite for life, bikes a big man ready to try it all. Missed by all he touched in life

  • eliot

    I worked with Ray as a courier for a few years, and knew him well. We both liked a few beers at that time in our lives, and his humility was amazing, as for a long time I had no idea he had pro credentials; it must have been just before the time of his transition. He was a thoroughly decent guy and i was delighted when he won the 100 mile championship. I quickly lost touch with the courier world when I left, but was so pleased to learn he had found love and family. My sincere condolences go out to his family and many friends and work colleagues.

  • Adam Willington

    Received excellent customer service from Ray at Planet X this year. A sad loss.

  • Paul Bennett

    Ray Eden was your typical no nonsense ex pro,from a tough background.They exist in many sports but seem to be defined by the same traits,hard working,loyal and always there when the going gets tough.I never heard Ray once "giving it large" over his past achievements, he knew what he achieved and what was important to him.The Planet X story, has been illuminated by his loyalty to the cause over the years and he will be sorely missed in years to come.The journey continues Ray, watch from above and smile at events as they unfold.

  • mouse

    my love and thoughts to gail and finn. may your memories of ray carry you over any and all obstacles you might come upon.

  • Doozer74

    Thoughts and condolences are with the family, friends and colleagues of Ray at this time. I followed his progress in the Rás (Ireland) in the mid-nineties and he was an extraordinary performer. By all accounts, he was an equally impressive human being. Once again, sympathies to all.

  • AlexC

    Condolences to Ray's family and the guys at Planet X and On One. A true loss to the cycling community. Ray hooked me up on a few occasions, though I unfortunately never got to meet him personally. RIP man.

  • kirk eden

    allthough i ride alone, ur spirit rides along side me, all i have are memories, but they in themself are priceless. a member of eagle road club, u now call on the lord, your stength renewed, you soar high on the wings of eagles. you are my hero and a true legend, this we now know. you are true insperation. rip big brother

  • Graham

    Compelled to write something to wish my heart felt condolences to Ray's family. What a sad loss and so young, too young. God bless.

  • Russell

    It's sad: another biker lost. But now he's free in the air, watching the dear earth.

  • Maurizio

    Sorry...Ray..non posso scrivere in inglese,non ne sono capace ma voglio comunque unirmi a tutti voi.

  • Steve Hall

    I remember seeing Ray smash everyone in a Expert category MTB race around Cannock Chase back in the day. He looked awesome on a bike - pure, natural strength. My thoughts are with those he left behind. An unfillable void. R.I.P Ray.

  • Thanin

    I just dealt with Ray through e-mail early this month. So sad and so shocking to hear this. RIP Pay and keep moving Planet-X and On-One people.

  • Pete Findon

    My sincere condolences to all of Ray's family, friends and colleagues. A tragic loss.

  • Phil from Glossop

    So sorry to hear this. Our family's thoughts are with his. I hope they take some comfort in knowing how well he was regarded.

  • Scott

    I know from the reaction of everyone up at Planet X and On-One that Ray was massively respected and admired for his cycling abilities but also for being a true friend to all. He will be missed by everyone that had the honour of his friendship.

  • Mark

    I remember being very impressed as a youngster that a cycle courier was taking on the big guns in the NPS mountain races and doing very well. Too many good riders seem to have their inspiring lives cut short. Thoughts and condolences to his friends and family.

  • Alan Parsons

    So sad to hear of the tragic passing of Ray. I never met him, but recently we exchanged e-mails about the Pompino I recently bought. Ray was always prompt and honest. Condolences to his family. RIP Ray.

  • Graeme Stonehouse

    I am absolutely horrified to read of Ray's death and know that everyone at Planet X and On One will be totally devastated, not to mention Ray's family and friends. Perhaps this explains why I dreamed of being back in the warehouse again last night. Superman has left the building.

  • neil m

    please accept my sincere sympathy for his family and friends.Taken too soon.

  • Kevin Lew

    My utmost condolences to Ray's family, entire Team Planet X , On-One Team and friends. Rest in Peace.

  • StevenO

    Ray rest in peace. MTB to Road, Beastway to RTTC to RAS you did it ALL, yet you were always modest. You will be missed by all. 

  • Nige

    I had not seen Ray for a couple of years but I called into the unit and we had a cup of tea. We had a really good laugh and it was like it had only been a couple of weeks not years. That was typical Ray easy to get on with and friendly. Nige

  • Carol Shephard

    I didn't know Ray all that well, but when I started to ride 5 years ago he always made a fuss, I remember him turning up on a ride, the first for a long time for him - he couldn't have stuffed more food in his pockets if he had tried! He had bananas stuffed all over the place! RIP Ray - love to your family. Carol and Chris.

  • JonathanH

    This is really sad news. I raced against Ray several times back in the mid-90s. He always beat me, of course but no embarrassment against an outstanding natural talent. My thoughts and prayers are with Ray's family. So sad...

  • Mark Metcalfe

    Only knew Ray for a short time, one of the nicest people you could meet, RIP.

  • [email protected]

    Ray, weve come a long way since the early days in Carcroft, and Im sure it wouldnt have happened without you. You will be sadly missed, thoughts and deepest condolences to Gail and Finn. All the best mate.

  • fariquesyah

    sympathy goes to you all on the death of your friend Ray Eden. although I do not know him. expected of you a lot to learn from his experience

  • Andy Brookes

    Ray, because you were a legend at Planet X, whilst your body is no longer with us, your spirit always will be. I'm honoured that I knew you. Thanks for being a friend.

  • [email protected]

    Thanks Ray for taking me under your wing and then letting me fly.... there will always be a place in the warehouse behind where the green pedals used to be.

  • Conrad

    Really gutted to hear this, met Ray a few times and he was a really brilliant guy. Thoughts go to his family and mates and colleagues at Planet X.

  • Kerry Rochester

    RIP big man with a big heart...

  • Thomas

    Well I'm sad to here about the lose of Ray. If he liked beer I'll have a pint? If not I'll go for a ride? I think we all should go for a ride. I think that is what Ray would want.

  • Jean - charles

    I am really sad by this news, condolences to his family and the entire team Planet X and On-One jc


    tragic loss! my thoughts go out to his family at this extremely sad time.

  • Francesco Sechi

    Anche se non l'ho mai conosciuto mi dispiace per la sua morte. Abbiamo la stessa età e la stessa passione, le mie condoglianze alla famiglia, che Ray possa pedalare in eterno nei cieli e da lassù protegga i suoi cari.