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Tributes pour in for top cyclist
Jason Macintyre - photo by Imacimages
Praise and condolences have come from the cycling world
"God's speed on your final journey Jason, you truly lived your dream," reads one of the postings on Jason MacIntyre's website.

Tributes have been pouring in following the death of the cycling champion.

The 34-year-old died after a collision with a van while training on the A82 in Fort William.

Other messages on the comments section of the Scottish cyclist's site included tributes and condolences from friends and strangers.

Tributes have also been paid from figures in the world of sport.

Jason was a true champion who was always handicapped by geography
Jock Shaw
Scottish Cycling president

Scottish Olympic and world cycling medallist Craig MacLean said: "Jason was a really nice guy, his death is a sad loss to the world of cycling.

"It's very tragic. I think Jason was being considered for the Olympic squad in Beijing later this year and that would have been the pinnacle of his career."

Jackie Davidson, director of Scottish Cycling, the sport's governing body, said: "We are very sad for Caroline and the two girls and our thoughts are with them.

"Jason was a rider with so much talent and potential. Everyone is shocked to hear the news."

Scottish Cycling president Jock Shaw said: "We have lost one of our finest cyclists.

"Jason was a true champion who was always handicapped by geography.

Here was a young bloke out training and he got killed
John Beattie
BBC Scotland

"His achievements over the last few years proved that he was still improving and we were looking forward to him progressing further."

BBC Radio Scotland sports presenter John Beattie, who recently spoke to Mr MacIntyre on his programme, said the death illustrated the risks facing cyclists on Scotland's roads.

He said: "Here was a young bloke out training and he got killed. It just shows to everyone sitting in cars how dangerous it can be to be a cyclist.

"He was a road racer, he broke time trials, and that kind of cyclist needs to train on the roads but with more and more cars on the roads it is more dangerous."

'Incredible talent'

Mr Beattie added: "I have been on his website and he speaks of his love of the sport.

"He talks of how beautiful it is to be outside cycling in December doing a link that they would normally do in the summer time and how cold it was, how fresh it was, how he was trying to get rid of his Christmas over-indulgence."

Scottish Sports Minister Stewart Maxwell said: "Jason was one of our finest athletes who represented Scotland at the highest level on the international sporting stage, including the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

"His death robs Scottish sport of an incredible talent and I would like, on behalf of the Scottish Government, to pass our condolences to his wife and twin daughters."



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