Bryan Stout, described as a “stalwart” of cycling both as a campaigner and club member, has been k killed while riding his bike in Mallorca yesterday following a collision involving a vehicle driven by a man reportedly driving under the influence of drink and drugs.
The Diario de Mallorca reports that Stout, who was due to celebrate his 86th birthday on Sunday, died instantly in the crash which happened at around 2pm in Port d’Alcudia, a hugely popular destination for cyclists from the UK and beyond
Police are trying to establish the precise circumstances of the fatal incident, but tested the motorist, a 48-year-old Spaniard, for alcohol and drugs. He returned a positive test for both.
Formerly a volunteer PR officer with the London Cycling Campaign (LCC), the 86-year-old was also vice-president of the Catford Cycling Club, where he helped establish the Hell of the Ashdown sportive, and a past president of the Pedal Club.
Dozens of tributes have been left on his Facebook page, typically referring to the warmth of his personality and sense of humour.
Stout’s own final post there was made on Monday.
Steve Airey, vice-president of Catford Cycling Club, wrote the following tribute on Stout’s Facebook page.
Besides his former role as a volunteer at LCC, Stout had been closely involved with Stop Killing Cyclists, whose co-founder, Donnachadh McCarthy said on the campaign group’s Facebook page that he was “gutted” to hear the news.
He wrote: “Bryan Stout was a stalwart supporter of Stop Killing Cyclists since we were founded.
“A lovely. enthusiastic, courteous and constructive campaigner for safer roads.
“A terrible loss especially for his family and friends but also to our wider cycling community.
“I personally shall miss his generous and encouraging support to much of my cycling and wider campaigning work.
“Bryan did not deserve to die from road violence.
“Nobody deserves to die from road violence.
“And so I am sure that I speak for all of us when I say, we shall re-dedicate ourselves to ending the lethal violence on our roads," he added.
“Cycle in peace Bryan.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.