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Ride held for cycle crash victims
Pictured clockwise: Thomas Harland, Wayne Wilkes, Maurice Broadbent and Dave Horrocks
The organisers said the bike ride was in memory of those who died
Dozens of cyclists have completed a 90-mile bike ride to raise money for the families of four members of a cycling club who died in a crash.

The four cyclists from Rhyl Cycling Club were killed in January when a car skidded on ice on the A457 near Abergele, north Wales.

Staff at the John Cotton textile factory, near Huddersfield, organised the ride after hearing of the tragedy.

Eight members of Rhyl Cycling Club went to West Yorkshire to take part.

Maurice Broadbent, 61, from Rhuddlan, Dave Horrocks, 55, from Llanerch, Wayne Wilkes, 42, of Rhyl and Thomas Harland, 14, from Prestatyn, were killed in the crash on 8 January.

They were in a group of 12 cyclists from Rhyl Cycling Club which was hit by a car after the driver lost control on an icy road near Abergele.

We were absolutely overwhelmed by the feelings of support and sympathy
Paul Loftus, Rhyl Cycling Club

Staff at the John Cotton bedding factory, which regularly arranges cycle events to raise money for charity, decided to hold the ride after hearing of the accident.

Organiser Sue Bodell said: "It was very upsetting, and we thought this would be an appropriate way to remember those who died and raise some money for their families."

Rhyl Cycling Club spokesman Paul Loftus said the news the race had been organised came completely out of the blue.

"They heard about what had happened at Abergele and felt that they wanted to do something for us to help with the memorial fund," he explained.

"We were absolutely overwhelmed by the feelings of support and sympathy for what had happened to our club members.

A cyclist wearing a Welsh cycling shirt stops to pay his respects
A cyclist stopped to read floral tributes left at the accident scene

"It's not surprising in certain respects because West Yorkshire is famous for cycling, and in particular for producing cycle racing champions.

"We're very grateful indeed for the all the efforts that Sue Bodell and her team have put on for us," he added.

Mr Loftus said the team of eight cyclists from Rhyl had been training hard for a few months before Saturday's ride - which went from the John Cotton factory to Birkenhead in Merseyside.

About 60 cyclists took part joined by 75-year-old former Olympic cyclist Brian Robinson, who also won two stages on the Tour de France in 1958 and 1959.

Mr Robinson was unable to complete the ride after having an accident en-route.

The former Olympian hit a pot-hole and fell off his bike.

He was taken for stitches, but had left hospital by the time the bike ride had finished.

Apart from his accident, Cynthia Edwards of John Cotton said the bike ride had gone well.

"It went brilliantly, everyone had a super day," she added.


SEE ALSO:
Hundreds mourn cycle tragedy boy
16 Jan 06 |  North East Wales
Four cyclists killed in car crash
08 Jan 06 |  North West Wales


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