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Clubs' tribute to dead cyclists
Member of Rhyl Cycling Club wears black armband

A cycling club which lost four of its members in a road crash last week rode with black armbands on Sunday in memory of their dead friends.

About 100 cyclists from around the UK joined members of Rhyl Cycling Club on on their weekly ride.

And cycling clubs across the country echoed the armband tribute in memory of the four who died in the crash on the A547 near Abergele, north Wales.

A group of 12 cyclists were hit by a car which had skidded on an icy road.

Maurice Broadbent, 61, from Rhuddlan, Dave Horrocks, 55, from Llanerch, Wayne Wilkes, 42, of Rhyl, and Thomas Harland, 14, from Prestatyn, died in the tragedy.

Eight cyclists were also injured when the driver of a Toyota Corolla lost control on a bend, striking a wall and rebounding into the road.

'Deepest sympathy'

Among those joining the 37-mile ride on Sunday was Thomas' grandmother Dorothy.

"I'm here with my husband to support the cycling community, here to support my son and daughter-in-law who will never replace their son," Mrs Harland told BBC Wales.

"It's general support for everyone concerned. It's this gut feeling of wanting to be here and support everybody and wanting the world to be a better place after this".

The Rhyl Cycling Club ride on Sunday
Cyclists from different clubs join the Rhyl riders on Sunday

Club committee member Mel Royles, a survivor of last weekend's crash, said they had received messages of sympathy from across the world.

"It's a shame we're having to be here under these circumstances. The events of last weekend affected a lot of people throughout the world, not just local people.

"It's just a sad day for me and for a lot of people here today.

"I did not feel very well this morning. Before I got out of my bed I had a bit of a weep.

'Close knit'

"This week I've been speaking to people about the accident, the details are not very pleasant for myself or my colleagues who were here last week to remember.

"It will be a very difficult ride for me today. I usually sit on the back and look after the stragglers and the juniors. That is probably where I will be sitting today, having a nice quiet ride.

"I am amazed about the number of e-mails the club has been getting this week from all around the world, it's just incredible.

Welsh Sports Minister, Alun Pugh (left) meets members of the Rhyl Cycle Club
Welsh Sports Minister Mr Pugh (left) joined the ride on Sunday

Welsh Sports Minister Alun Pugh also joined club members on the ride along the Vale of Clwyd to Ruthin and back.

Mr Pugh, a keen cyclist, said it was "entirely appropriate" the club should be back on the road again.

"I'm not surprised at all that there are so many people here today," he said.

"The events of last weekend were dreadfully tragic. It will go down in history for all the wrong reasons.

"I think the number of people who are here shows the close-knit nature of the cycling community."

On Tuesday, the north-east Wales coroner opened and adjourned inquests into the four deaths.

The funerals will be held this week.


SEE ALSO:
Crash cyclist's 'worst second'
10 Jan 06 |  North East Wales
Four cyclists killed in car crash
08 Jan 06 |  North West Wales


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