Darren Myers was a longtime member of Crest Cycling Club. Darren joined the club around 1990, which met at Wanstead Leisure Centre for a social chat every Friday night. Members soon got to know his parents and sister, who played badminton at the leisure centre the same evening.
Darren enjoyed racing in all road-based disciplines – solo and team time trials, bunch road racing and cyclo-cross. In recent years he switched clubs to join the Bishops Stortford Cycling Club where he favoured cyclo-cross. He kept up his love of the sport, racing in the East Anglian cyclo cross league, right up until his departure to New Zealand in 2017 with his wife Kim to start a new life over there nearer Kim’s family.
Although Darren enjoyed racing, his real love was exploring new places. He took part in and helped organised many of the club’s group cycling holidays in the UK and Europe. He also introduced several of the club members to his real passion – hill walking. With meticulous organisation he took members on hill walks on the West Highland Way, up Ben Nevis, the Yorkshire Peaks and the Lake District.
He was also an avid solo walker and cyclist, taking on a six-week solo cycle tour, wild camping, through Finland to the Artic Circle during 2017. Darren was an immensely popular member of the Crest, always upbeat in nature, combining a quick wit with a kind smile and generous empathy.
He will be hugely missed by the club and our sincere sympathies go out to his family.