A couple from the UK whose video of part of their round-the-world cycle ride was recently chosen to feature in the annual Filmed By Bike festival have been killed by a pick-up truck in Thailand.
Peter Root and Mary Thompson, both aged 34, died last Wednesday in the province of Chachoengsao Province, immediately to the east of the capital, Bangkok.
The pair met 14 years ago while studying at art college in Falmouth, Cornwall, reports Metro. Peter was born on Jersey but grew up on Guernsey, while Mary was from Bristol, and the pair had exhibited their art throughout the UK.
Thailand was the 23rd country the couple had visited since leaving the UK 18 months ago, having ridden through Europe, the Middle East, and Central and South East Asia.
A spokesman for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office said: “We are aware of the deaths of two British nationals in Thailand on Wednesday. We are providing consular assistance.”
At the end of January, the couple revealed on Twitter that their film Cycling Central Asia had been selected to be part of the 11th annual Filmed By Bike festival in Portland, Oregon. The video is one of several that the pair had made to record their journey and which they posted to Vimeo.
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.