A 91-year-old cyclist has been killed in a collision involving a van while taking part in a time trial in Buckinghamshire.
Raymond Dare, who had seven decades of racing experience behind him, was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene.
The fatal crash happened at 2.45pm yesterday afternoon at the A41 Aston Clinton Bypass in Aston Clinton, Aylesbury on the Cycling Time Trials F11/10 course.
He leaves behind his wife, Beryl, aged 90.
Members of Kingston Phoenix Road Club, to which Mr Dare belonged, reacted with shock and sadness to news of his death on the club's Facebook page.
One wrote: "Oh my goodness, this is just terrible. Much love to Beryl and all that knew this inspiring gentleman. RIP Ray. X"
Another said: "Incredibly sad news. This is happening too often... So inspiring... RIP Ray."
Just last month, Mr Dare rode a sub-30 minute time trial at the Alton 10, stopping the clock at 29 minutes 59 seconds.
Investigating officer, Sergeant Mark Ashby of Thames Valley Police's Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit said: “We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this collision which has sadly resulted in the death of a cyclist.
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all those involved in the incident and I would like to appeal to anyone who witnessed or may have dash cam footage of the incident to please contact us."
Thames Valley Police can be reached on the non-emergency number 101 quoting the reference quoting reference 884 19/7/17.
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