Police have begun an investigation into the death of a man killed during a bike race near Belvoir Castle in Grantham on Saturday reports the Grantham Journal.
44-year-old Jason Scott Catley is said to have collided with another competitor and subsequently hit a road sign while riding between Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir and Belvoir Castle at 3.53pm. An air ambulance attended but Catley is believed to have been pronounced dead at the scene.
Commenting on the Grantham Journal website, witness Richard Middleton wrote:
“No motor vehicles were involved. It was a cycling event (road race), the gentleman lost control after colliding with another competitor and unfortunately hit a village sign. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Another witness, going by the username Brown Bobby, wrote: “Was watching the race and the tragic events at the end. Just want to say that the volunteers who did everything they could to help the man until the air ambulance were incredible.”
Bob Howden, president of British Cycling, spoke on behalf of the governing body:
“My heart goes out to Mr Catley’s family and friends at this difficult time, and all at British Cycling send our deepest sympathies. This is a tragedy which will be felt across the cycling community.
“I want to assure everyone who cares about our sport that the safety of competitors and spectators at cycling events remains our highest priority.”