Nov 24, 2013 8:19 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Cyclist killed in El Tour de Tucson refused to quit

TUCSON - The El Tour de Tucson bicyclist killed in a car accident was a casual rider who had not done El Tour in a few years, according to his partner, Bill Roberts.

"He just wanted to be healthy and active," Roberts said. "And so that's why he was riding his bike, and going to the gym, and pretending to eat well and that kind of stuff."

John Henderson, 59, was hit by a 78-year-old driver while riding El Tour on Saturday.

Roberts owned a home with Henderson. They met about 25 years ago.

"We were laughing because he's kind of like a fair weather biker. And he would really only ride if it was kind of nice out," Roberts said. "If the wind was too much, he wasn't going. And then it was raining like hell, and I thought, 'Well, why is he doing this?' And he went. And he was like, ‘I'm, going anyways.'"

Roberts said all of his friends and coworkers were encouraging him before El Tour.

"They decorated his office with all sorts of Tour and bicycle stuff," Roberts said. "He was really liked at his job, and by his friends, and everybody. And he's going to be really missed. It's just bad."

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