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Rider killed during Dursley RC 25 mile time trial

Rider struck on straight road on clear, sunny evening

Tragedy occurred at this weekend's Dursly RC 25mile time trial when Alex Anderson of North Hampshire RC was killed after being hit from behind by a car on the A419.

Other competitors stopped to give assistance and an off duty paramedic was quickly on the scene too, but sadly Mr Anderson died of his injuries later in hospital.

 The time trial was taking place on Saturday evening as most of the country was watching England's opening game in the World Cup. Competitors described the roads as quiet, the fatal collision happened at 7.45pm just after the Cirencester turn on the U46 course on a long straight section of road with no junctions in conditions of perfect visibility. As yet there are no details of what happened to the driver involved.

Other competitors talking on the Timetrialing forum afterwards said that while traffic levels dropped noticeably as kick off for the big match approached traffic speed did not on a section of road described by one “as a motorway in all but name”. According to reports next weekends Bristol South CC 50 mile time trial which uses the same section of road has now been cancelled.

Anyone who has any information on the incident should contact Gloucestershire Police on 0845 090 1234 quoting incident 498 of June 12.

In May 2009 Major Rhys Thomas was killed on the A1 near St Neots during the Icknield RC 25 the 19 year old woman driver who killed him was sentenced to 21 months in jail earlier this year.

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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