We’re tremendously sad to report that cycling journalist and photographer Pat Malach died over the weekend.
Malach was instrumental in helping Cyclocross Magazine cover the Oregon cyclocross racing scene for many years. He offered insightful reporting of the world’s largest cyclocross races through both words and photography covering the Cross Crusade series and its 1,000+ entrants.
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear colleague, Pat Malach..https://t.co/Z5Ud6N81aT
— Cyclingnews.com (@Cyclingnewsfeed) April 21, 2020
Shocked and sad to hear this. @Pat_Malach was a great photographer, journalist and fan of bike racing. Was also a contributor who covered the Portland race scene for us years ago. RIP Pat. ❤️🙏🏼❤️😢 https://t.co/V2jaNFoyLF
— BikePortland (@BikePortland) April 21, 2020
His death rocked the cycling world, with tributes pouring out from athletes and influencers.
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It's not often that you have a photo of the very moment you meet somebody, but this is the moment I met Pat Malach. I had just won the prologue of the 2011 Mount Hood Classic (teammate @scotttietzel was 2nd)–my first victory on the national level–for the Rio Grande Cycling Team, and it was a big moment in my career as I was chasing my first pro contract. I talked with Pat a lot that week as I led the race for 3 days, and it was the most I'd ever been interviewed before. Pat redefined my preconceptions about journalists, who are in fact not all looking for dirt or some way to quote you out of context. They can be kind people with a ready, genuine smile, too. We chatted many times as my career progressed, and he would go on to become the standard by which I judged all other cycling journalists. I wish now that I had told him that. I was looking forward to talking to him the next time our paths crossed about the joys of riding a bike, something he obviously rediscovered recently. His loss has been weighing on me today–the world is worse without him, that's for sure.
"Pat held himself to the highest standards of journalism – integrity, impartiality, and accuracy."
It is so sad to say goodbye, but everyone who knew him is blessed. Thanks for being you, Pat, you will be very missed. 💔https://t.co/GN5LXjeJmk
— Jesse Anthony (@jessedanthony) April 22, 2020
Cyclingnews.com has an aggregation of many of the tributes to Malach. Please see all the love for Malach here.
Our thoughts are with Malach’s family and friends at this time, and we’re eternally grateful for all that Malach gave to the cycling world during his too-short life. Rest in peace.
Featured photo: A Pat Malach selfie.