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Ray Eden (1968-2011)

Ray Eden (1968-2011)

For those wishing to ride with Ray next Thursday there are two meeting points:

At 12.20pm in the Waterdale car park opposite the Waterdale Library at the rear of the LawCourts/Police Station.

See below for map

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This group will cycle to Ray's house which is the second meeting point, Moat Court, scawthorpe, Doncaster.

See map below The ride will end at Rosehill Cemetery, Cantley, Doncaster.

Police outriders will be in attendance but please email [email protected] to let us keep track of numbers.

Thank you, The Planet X team.

To leave a message in our e-book of condolence please use the box below

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22 March 2011


  • Corey-Ray

    26th August 2011 @ 19.40hrs there was a massive storm:- thunder and lightening. Corey Raymond Eden was born 6Ib 3oz. Mother and baby doing fine.

  • Darren Howitt

    One of the hardest guys ive met on a bike , R.I.P. Ray.

  • John Williamson

    I met Ray many years ago as a courier and rode with him on many training rides as well as racing for Eagle RC, since leaving London I lost contact but always remembered the kindness behind that huge exterior, I will never forget going on holiday to the Lake District with Ray, Damien, Vic and Nigel Mansell and climbing straight up the mountains, trying to catch Ray who didn't seem to notice it was uphill. You cannot sum up Ray's achievements in a few lines, I won't even try! My condolences to his family, Ray was a great man Space Cadet

  • Raymond's little brother

    Dear Raymond It was an honour to ride aalong with you, Finn, Gail, Richy-Sara+kids, Dave, Andy and the Planet-X pack yesterday. You brought traffic to a standstill in doncaster, irrespective of your good looks! Also, wearing the Magic cycle top reminded me of your humble beginnings. Riding along the A540 this morning, with a slight breeze behind me, (I sensed I was in the presence of of a champion.) The pack of cyclists on their way back from the Eureka Cafe were obviously left wondering as we both blitzed past them on our fat tyred MTB's, You were going that fast. Luckily I managed to stay with you, what with the vortex and breeze. (Yeh, so if your ever overtaken on the A540 whilst on your road bike by a mountain bike, dont take it personal, I'm merely trying to keep up with our Raymond) So yes Raymond, when I get on my bike now I have to ride it. I doubt I will ever be as fast as you.But for as long as I ride, I will allways chase your back wheel and now say good bye with this reading:- Ezekiel 1. 15-21 15 Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel upon the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them. 16 As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of a chrysolite; and the four had the same likeness, their construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel. 17 When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went. 18 The four wheels had rims and they had spokes; and their rims were full of eyes round about. 19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose. 20 Wherever the spirit would go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them; for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them; for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

  • Simon Brown

    A full on memorable character even 25 years ago when Ray was never seen without his guitar strapped to his back. Didnt really know at the time but looking back he was a charmer back then too, a top fella. Condolences to his family and friends, such a waste, tragic. Kirk, I read your post a few weeks ago on here....'f*cks man' as Ray would say but in a such a way that would make us all laugh. Such a shame, such a waste

  • Matt Illingworth

    RIP big fella

  • Dave

    Ray set standards of loyalty and service that will not ever be matched at planet x and he is sorely missed every single day . He was a true character , great and immensely talented rider , solid human being , employee , and friend - an eclectic mix of so many distinctive traits - random , disorganised , stubborn , singleminded , utterly determined , physically blessed , argumentative , witty , committed , but the legacy he leaves to me personally is the one of absolute loyalty and unstinting support . When the pressure was on Ray was inevitably the first in line . RIP Ray .

  • Tim Rowson

    Really shocked to hear the tragic news. Deep condolences to his family and friends. A strong rider with a great personality. RIP Ray.

  • carl and alison chambers

    Thanks Ray for been part of our last holiday and for making it our best yet.

  • Henry Iddon

    So sad to hear this news. I rode against Ray in a couple of Ras's He was some rider and him powering off to the green jersey is of My lasting Ras memories. God bless.

  • Ian Bacon

    So shocked to hear the tragic news.Deep condolences to his family and friends. RIP Ray.

  • Jackie, John & Codie

    Peace be with you Ray and for those loved ones left behind. To Gail and Finn our thoughts are with you. Love to you both see you soon xx

  • Tony Cheesman

    So sorry to hear about Ray and my thoughts go out to his family, battled with him many times at eastway and other events, he was a fantastic athlete and a really great bloke, so sorry to hear this.

  • Petere

    Just so sad , condolences to family and friends. R.I.P Ray Pete

  • Dan

    Ray patiently took me through a bike fitting and test ride a couple of years ago. He seemed like one of those thoroughly nice people that just stay in your mind. Condolences to all of his friends and family.

  • Conor

    RIP. Sleep well. Condolences to family

  • Chris Bautista

    Sad, sad news - please do remember the mark Ray left on this Earth! Condolences and best wishes to his family and friends from Portland OR USA. Cheers and a loving toast to Mr. Eden and all that he left here for us to remember and ponder.

  • Jackie Mellors

    I worked with Ray at Planet X for a while. Never met anyone quite like him before. Always saw the funny side of life, with a knack of getting it all into perspective. Sweet dreams Ray x

  • Clive

    Met Ray a number of times, a real nice, genuine bloke. Senseless loss of a life. RIP

  • Helen Flack

    Gail and Finn,are thoughts are with you after this tragic news - I was really shocked to hear what had happened from Sarah. With love from Helen, Owen, Lydia and Kieran

  • Rich Allen

    I am saddened and offer my condolences to the family. I did not meet Ray but had several discussions with him and he provided very valuable assistance during the purchase of my track bike and other equipment. He will be missed. RIP.

  • Steven Antonopoulos

    Even though that we never met Ray, my team mates and I believe that he still there, and will forever, he’s dedication and passion for cycling will still be with us. Ray was a live example of NEVER GIVE UP to all he want it to accomplished and he did, we will grow with his memory and try to be like him. Dear Ray you where unique, have a great trip, your soul will be with us Steven Antonopoulos Amateur – Ironman Athlete

  • Spencer Smith

    What a class act. You will be deeply missed.

  • simon

    Condolences. D.E.P.

  • Chris Spence

    Condolences to Ray's family and friends ,he helped me on a numder of occasions with my bikes and I'm far away in Adelaide / South Australia

  • Steve Ward

    So sad to hear the news about Ray. Only met him a couple of times & he was so helpful when I called in to buy a new bike even though he was so busy getting the showroom sorted. What a guy. Condolences to Ray's Family & Friends. R.I.P. Ray

  • Phil Judge

    It was always an experience and a pleasure dealing with Ray. Terrible news and my condolences go to his family and friends. RIP

  • Shaun Holt

    I have only met Ray once when i came to buy my bike from the new shop. I have turned up almost unannouced, the shop was upside down and the work upstairs was in full flow. Yet Ray made the time to set the bike up for me, manage all my requests and even provided me with a brew. Although i only spent a brief time with Ray I am very upset about this news and my thoughts got out to all his colleagues and his family. R.I.P

  • Julian Spears

    I only met Ray once when buying a bike at Planet-X. We spoke several tiems after he was always polite, very helpful and would go out of his way assist. I recommended colleagues to ask for Ray when calling Planet-X. My thoughts are with his family and friends. A sad loss.

  • Don Keen

    Just got back from training camp in N.Devon and heard this devastating news. During the week Ray was a topic of conversation many times, even amongst those who never knew him. My sincere condolences at this sad,sad time to Ray's family. Ray, your memory will stay with us for years to come. Lea Valley CC

  • Alan

    Another tragic loss for no reason. My only hope is that his family can find some strength in the unity offered by the community that Ray has contributed so much to.

  • peter walker

    I am sorry to about this my regards to the family

  • Richard Prince

    He stayed after work and helped me loads bikes to go to Germany. He brought his caravan to the Vit and we shared a can of blacklabel. He showed me how to drive with the Airstream. He showed me how to pack a van with 20 bikes. He stayed to build a bike for someones birthday. He gave everything and expected nothing in return, a sad sad loss. I think about him everyday. Bye Ray, it won't be the same without you.

  • John Swallow

    I only met Ray once when he took time out to set up my bike for me. He struck me as a real gent and had a very genuine way about him. I wish that I had had a chance to get to know him better. My thoughts go to his family and friends at this very sad time. RIP Ray x

  • Milkywaye

    Sad sad news


    when I first saw Ray it was at Eastway, this giant of a man just hit the front and blew everyone off his wheel, I remember thinking who the hell is this? Ray certainly stamped his mark, a big man with a big heart, smashing bloke and such a tragic end to his life RIP Ray you were a one in a million condolences go out to Rays family

  • Jon Stroud

    Had the greatest pleasure of racing against Ray when he was with Eagle RC and Optimum Performance and then with him in the very first incarnation of Planet-X RT way back in '97 (To Infinity and Beyond). He will be greatly missed by many. I have fond recollections of the first time I met Ray. It was a Saturday morning closed circuit race at Leavesden Aerodrome. Soon after the start the relatively little known Ray tapped his way off the front - not a problem we thought, let him get on with it. Well get on with it he did and just at about half race distance when we were thinking about going after him and reeling him back in he appeared into sight again... from behind having lapped the chasing bunch solo on the best part of a mile long circuit. Ray, you were a true cycling hard man and a great inspiration - in your own words, "The man who eats the most with the race".

  • David Hooper

    Sad and tragic! A waste of a life

  • Ian Cleverly

    As others have mentioned, Ray would be at the Duke of York on a Friday night, pie and pint in hand, best wheels strapped to his back, having worked as a courier all week, then head off to the RAS and give everyone a kicking over there. Working the courier circuit was just a recovery ride for Ray: he'd amble around all day, not interested in hammering it and making more money, then put in a few hours hard in the evening. Strong as an ox and a thoroughly decent guy to work with. An absolute pleasure to have been his fat controller. RIP Kidder.

  • MikeO

    Very sad news. Sorry to hear about this.

  • Stuart payne

    I never knew Ray or even met him but I knew his name from his cycling achievements, he seemed to come from nowhere to become one of the top riders in the country virtually overnight. From what I`ve read he was one of life`s good guys. His family and friends have my deepest, deepest sympathy at this sad time.

  • Derek Halley

    I have never met you mate. But as a fellow cyclist my thoughts go out to your family, friends,and cycling mates. RIP

  • Leon Gledhill

    Only met Ray once when I visited Planet X to collect my bike, but my dad talked allot about him, it is very sad the things that happen in this day and age.I feel sad and I am thinking of his family.

  • Graham Wright

    A very sad loss I have many memories of Ray dishing out a lot of pain round Eastway. RIP Ray

  • Bill Rutter

    I didn't know you mate, but I can see you were much loved and respected. God bless, rest in peace. Bill

  • ken diable

    we didnt know you that well Ray but i know that your Dad, brother and uncles will be looking out for you, take care bud and good night. Kenny Marion&family Heswall.

  • christof

    To lose an expensive etre is an immense sadness. All my thoughts go to his(her) family in his(her,its) days of sadnesses

  • Derek Patterson

    Very sad our thoughts are with his friends and family. A Legend and a Gentleman. Derek

  • Robert Paige

    Will remember you - always smiling and helpful always. Robert and all at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

  • MarkM

    Never met Ray but have been in email contact, very helpful guy. Very saddened at his sudden death. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

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