For reasons I'll let John better explain below, he's taking a sabbatical from his management duties, here is the text of his email to the team and broader community of transplant cyclists.
Many of you will know that a couple of years ago the disease which caused the need for my original liver transplant reoccurred in my new liver. Initially there was little impact but over time the disease has progressed and is now having an impact. Due to this I am unable to commit to giving the time at the points when it is required to 'manage' the team effectively - some may say that I never managed the team effectively in the first place!
Hopefully I will return sometime in the not too distant future with another shiny new liver but until that time Declan Logue has very kindly said that he will take over the management duties. I'm sure that you will all join me in wishing Declan all the best and I'm sure that he will do a superb job.
I will retain a keen interest in the results from British, European and World games and look forward to when I can return to competing in transplant cycling events.
On a personal level, I'm gutted that John is anything other than 100% fit, healthy and racing his bike. The fact that during this difficult time he has continued to cheerfully manage the team and remain totally stoic is remarkable and testament to the man he is.
As you will gather, Declan Logue has kindly agreed to take on the management role in John's temporary absence. Dec is, frankly, also a legend and if anybody is capable of filling Levers size 10s then it's him. In John's recent absence from our international competitions, Dec has taken over the management of the team and has done a difficult job extremely well. Thanks for stepping forwards Dec.
I know you will join me in thanking John for his considerable efforts to date, wish him a speedy return to full health and we all look forward to having him back both as manager and rider in the very near future. In the meantime, please give Dec your support.
The picture below is Levers 'slightly stoked' after winning his first international medals at the European Games in Krakow, Poland in 2014. I'm looking forward to repeating this in the near future and no, he didn't get to keep the girls.