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This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write so please bear with me…

On Saturday, 8 September, I lost one of my closest friends. Charlotte Tagg, the lady I’d been seeing for the last year or so, was killed in a racing accident at Brighton Speed Trials.

How do you sum up someone’s life, someone you’re close to, in just a few short words? Charlotte was one of the most amazing people I’d ever met; she was just so ridiculously full of life. She’d come to biking quite late on, but had thrown herself headlong into it. Her passion was trikes and, as well as being the one who piloted the Taylormade V-Max about for most of this year, she was trying to start up trike racing with a view, particularly, to getting the disabled into it too. She’d raced her good friend Ian from High Performance Trikes’ GSX600 at hill-climbs and ovals and sprints, and had recently taken the ‘Fastest Lady, Trikes’ award at the Bulldog Bash. She’d also started to be the passenger on a racing grass-track outfit and on a sprinting one too, and her enthusiasm for it was infectious.

As a person she was equally full-on. She was beautiful, but never vain about it; she had an amazing (and very rude!) sense of humour; she made friends with everyone; and she cared deeply about people and animals. She was relentlessly upbeat, and could always make you smile no matter how low you were feeling. She wasn’t perfect, nobody is, but she went that extra mile to help, entertain and amuse anyone who needed it, and so, made many friends because of it.

The last time I saw her was at the UXB Show at Tattingstone at the end of August. She’d been suffering an appalling hangover all day after being the life and soul of the party the night before and was heading home a little after me in a friend’s car. As I was getting ready to leave, she kissed me on the nose through the front of my helmet…

She leaves behind a host of family and friends who will all miss her terribly, and three children, Katie, Matt, and Adie, who now have to face life without their wonderful mother. My deepest condolences to all of them, anything I can do please just ask.

Charlotte Tagg, RIP.