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North Down Cycling Club committee member Gavin Moore lost his life last Tuesday when driver crashed into club ride

Hundreds of cyclists rode in procession to the funeral on Saturday of Gavin Moore, a committee member of North Down Cycling Club who was killed last Tuesday.

Eight cyclists flanked the hearse carrying Mr Moore's body while around 300 others - many in the club's pink and black kit - followed behind. Video of the riders was originally posted to the club's Facebook page by Fiona Simpson.

They were joined in the emotional tribute by members of other cycling clubs in Northern Ireland.

Mr Moore, aged 40 and a father of two, died on Tuesday after a 59-year-old motorist crashed into a club ride. 

> Cyclist killed in Northern Ireland after driver crashes into club

Two other cyclists, Gareth Boyle and Keith Freel, were taken to hospital. Mr Freel, who sustained concussion, was released during the week.

In an update on Mr Boyle's condition posted to its Facebook page on Thursday, North Down Cycling Club said: "He is currently going through an operation on his back to try and repair the broken bones.

"They were also going to put a plate on his broken ribs but it's looking like it thankfully won't be needed.

"He will still need a further operation to repair his elbow," the club added.

 

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.

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StraelGuy [1095 posts] 5 months ago
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Very sad but what a great tribute.

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hennie [23 posts] 4 months ago
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What a fantastic sight.

And good to see that even in these awful circumstances, a grupetto formed off the back...I'm sure Gavin would be proud!

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darrylxxx [87 posts] 4 months ago
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Honoured to have been there. Great feeling of mutual support and strength. The turnout was exceptional - this tragedy has deeply affected many cyclists across the North. North Down CC, their committee, club members, and friends have been terrific - very dignified, measured, and open. Having a granstand view of the family and friends in the church was truly heartbreaking, but they were so strong. RIP