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Tribute to cyclist killed on road

Kate Auchterlonie
Kate Auchterlonie had a love of horses and was a keen amateur athlete

The family of a woman killed in a collision with a car while cycling say she was a "talented musician" with an "extraordinary" level of fitness.

Oxford University-educated Kate Auchterlonie, 28, from Cardiff, died on Mountain Road, Caerphilly, on Tuesday.

Her family said her many interests included a love of horses that led to her spending three years grooming polo ponies around the world.

A 28-year-old Caerphilly man has been released on police bail over the crash.

In a statement released via Gwent Police, Ms Auchterlonie family's said she would be missed by her parents, George Auchterlonie and Sue Wilshere, and her elder sister, Anna.

Ms Auchterlonie was educated at Ysgol Glantaf in Cardiff and Exeter College, Oxford.

Travelling the world

At the time of her death she was taking a foundation course with a view to doing a chiropractic degree at the University of Glamorgan.

It read: "Kate had many interests. She was a talented musician and played the oboe and piano.

"She was a member of a number of orchestras including South Glamorgan Youth Orchestra and the university orchestra at Oxford. She made one pop record with the band Picnic.

"Her lifelong love was horses. She took three gap years travelling the world grooming polo ponies, her special interest.

"She rowed, ran, and cycled. Her fitness reached extraordinary levels."

Ms Auchterlonie had previously taken part in Ras yr Wyddfa, a race up Snowdon, and on the Saturday before she died, she had cycled 100 miles.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 01633 838111 or 01633 643091.

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