Cyclist killed by HGV while riding in Trent Valley Time Trial on the A1

Nottinghamshire Police appeal for information following fatality yesterday morning

by Simon_MacMichael   March 19, 2012  

Broken bike (CC licensed image by garryknight,

A 43-year-old cyclist, named on the Trent Valley Road Club’s website as Andrew Ridsdale from Epsom CC, was killed near Blyth on the A1 in Nottinghamshire yesterday morning after being struck by a lorry while taking part in the Trent Valley 10-mile time trial.

Nottinghamshire Police said in a statement appealing for witnesses that the fatal collision took place at 8.55am on the southbound carriageway of the road, two miles south of Blyth.

It added that no arrest had been made and that anyone with information about the incident should contact it on 101, extension 800 2225.

Unlike some other European countries, Britain has no restrictions on the circulation of goods vehicles on Sundays weekends.

France, for example, bans most lorries over 7.5 tonnes from roads including motorways for 24 hours beginning 10pm on Saturday evenings, with wider-ranging bans in Summer.

Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Spain also ban HGVs on Sundays, although precise timings vary. Lorries carrying perishable products such as fresh produce are exempt.

In May 2009, army officer Gareth Evans lost his life while taking part in a time trial elsewhere on the A1.

The driver involved in the incident near St Ives in Cambridgeshire claimed she had not seen Major Evans but was convicted of causing his death by dangerous driving and sentenced to 21 months in prison.

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Tragic news. RIP.

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posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
19th March 2012 - 14:27

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very very sad news my thoughts are with his family.RIP.

Pain is weekness leaving the body

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posted by road ronin [57 posts]
19th March 2012 - 15:22


Sad, so sad, but again it begs the question why are we always dragging behind other European countries in the common sense approach to HGV's.


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posted by antonio [1108 posts]
19th March 2012 - 17:04

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A number of years ago during the same season, six cyclists were killed in incidents with motor vehicles whilst riding time trials in the uk, Hopefully this is not the start of a similar season.

onward ever onward

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posted by bikecellar [264 posts]
19th March 2012 - 19:48

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Sad and tragic news indeed.
Two things spring to mind though...the A1 in England used as a TT route ?
And, when EU rules are constantly being enforced in the UK, why not such a good idea as this ban on HGVs ?
Eminently sensible.

Je vie dans l'espoir constant

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posted by Strathlubnaig [115 posts]
19th March 2012 - 21:03