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Deloitte Ride Across Britain rider dies in hospital

Sally Preece from Cheltenham is second woman this month to lose life while riding length of Britain

A cyclist taking part in last week’s Deloitte Ride Across Britain has died from the injuries she sustained when she was involved in a collision with a car on Friday.

Sally Preece, aged 49 and from Cheltenham, was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital near Falkirk after the incident which took place at around 11am on the A85 close to Loch Earn.

She died at the hospital on Saturday, with her family having travelled up from London to be at her bedside.

The cyclist had been taking part in the nine-day mass participation ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

So far donations on her Just Giving page stand at more than £5,000 against her target of £4,000.

She is the second woman to have lost her life while taking part in an end-to-end ride this month.

The Saturday before last, 34-year-old Anna Roots from London was killed following a collision with a lorry at Bettyhill, just 55 miles into the John O’Groats to Land’s End ride she was undertaking with a friend.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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