Trevor Hayward – Dulux Trade London Revolution Rider No 473
Trevor Hayward died of a heart attack in May 2017 while taking part in the Dulux Trade London Revolution. It happened on day two while climbing Bledlow Ridge.
He was my brother-in-law, my mentor, my cycling buddy and, over time, had become my best mate. He was a fit guy who had done all the training… and yet he died. Why? What went wrong? What caused it? All of these questions hit me in the devastating wake of his death; after all, I was the one with a heart condition and he had always looked after me. I wanted to learn, understand and ideally spread knowledge to the wider group of “silver surfers” (as he often referred to us) in order to effect change.
In the days following the event, the response from so many of his London Revolution cycling companions was unbelievable. So many posted words of condolence and respect, all of which were a tremendous help for the family. Most of these riders had never met Trevor but had the common link of cycling and the bond of being part of London Revolution. It is very much to these people that I also want to tell the story of who he was, what he had done and why he should be remembered.
Trevor completed the 100-mile day one of the Revolution in a very respectable nine hours 41 minutes. Not bad for his age – he had celebrated his 61st birthday just one week before the ride. He rode the first day with his group and others who tagged along – his effervescent enthusiasm and encouragement was magnetic.
He started early on the second day before many of the riders had even got up. And then, while climbing Bledlow Ridge some 24 miles out, he collapsed at the side of the road.
He was immediately attended by several trained first-aiders who were also riders, as well as passers by. The paramedics were on scene within minutes, quickly followed by a doctor and the air ambulance. Despite the very best efforts of all of these people, as well as those at Wycombe hospital, Trevor died shortly afterwards.
Trevor had never been diagnosed with heart disease, he had not spoken of any chest pains and, apart from a recent check-up identifying raised cholesterol, he was well.
So what happened? His training was on course, building up to three or four rides of 40 to 50 miles a week. He regularly rode sportives of 100 miles and so London Revolution was not out of his comfort zone. https://www.strava.com/athletes/4713205?oq=trev
The post mortem identified significant heart disease; three of Trevor’s main heart arteries were significantly blocked, one as much as 90%.
This information somewhat stalled me. Here was the guy who could ride to the top of a hill, turn around to find me and then ride again encouraging me to the top. He had no symptoms, he had seen his doctor for a check up recently, he had trained for the event and yet he had still fallen.
I was hoping to find something I could tell the world which could save others from a similar fate. Unfortunately, all I have learned is that some people can take themselves to a much higher point without suffering. Trevor was a ticking time bomb. We could not have discovered his heart disease without significant testing.
As it was, he died challenging himself, testing his limits and doing what he loved.
Cycling challenged him, introduced him to like-minded people and took him into beautiful areas all over the world. Trevor enjoyed life and always saw it as a full glass, a glass that should be savoured and shared; and it was always a glass of red J.
If we can learn anything from Trevor, it’s that we should live life to the full. Life is a one lap race. We never know what’s around the corner or where the finishing line has been drawn. Don’t put things off – believe you can achieve and get out and do it. Carpe diem!
Trevor’s fundraising page for the London Revolution now stands at more than £ 2,600, an unbelievable amount that he would have been so proud to have raised. Thank you so much everyone who has so generously donated.
Chapeau Trevor – Rider in the sky.