Words: Orange BIkes | Main Photo: Geoff Waugh
November 09 2019
It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Michael Bonney on November 9th 2019.
Michael was a major part of the Orange bikes story who instigated many of the major chapters of our history. He joined the company in 1994 just six years after we began. During his time at Orange he inspired so much that the list is endless. Those adventures included overseeing the signing of Team Animal Orange, leading to The Global Racing Downhill team featuring some of the greatest riders from the sport including Greg Minnaar and Mik Hannah. Later he secured a deal with Steve Peat which brought major success and more world cup wins and championships. During this time he nurtured and developed many young riders, who form part of the international mountain bike community that Michael embodied
Orange Bikes would not be where we are today if Michael Bonney had not been a part of this history.
Michael was very much a part of the Orange Bikes family and as many of you will know suffered a life changing injury in March 2013 which left him paralysed from the neck down. Michael's journey since then has been inspirational. Shortly after the accident he married his long-term partner Linzi and from that building block went on to carve out a successful cycle industry consultant roll helping many companies with his in-depth industry knowledge and experience.
However, in the long run this life was never easy and many of you will have seen Michael's heart wrenchingly honest final post on social media.
Our hearts are saddened but we fully respect Michael's decision to refuse medical intervention and let fate take its course, which it did on Saturday 9th or November. Michael passed in the company of those that he loved.
We salute you Michael and thank you for all that you gave before, during and after your time with Orange Bikes. You have inspired so many and wherever you have gone, we're sure you'll continue to do so.
Ride on Michael. We will keep riding for you.
Michael Bonney, 7 July 1958 – 9 November 2019