Paul Simms "“will be sorely missed by the whole local cycling and racing community" says Cambridgeshire club...

Tributes have been paid to a long-term member of Wisbech Wheelers Cycling Club who has died in hospital from injuries sustained in a collision involving a car while he was out cycling last month.

Paul Simms, aged 68, was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after the collision involving a Vauxhall Astra at Roman Bank, Leverington, on 23 April.

Mr Simms, from Wisbech St Mary, spent three weeks in a coma but passed away on Tuesday 14 May, reports the Fenland Citizen.

Wisbech Wheelers Cycling Club described him as “one of the best sprinters and finishers in the club.

“He also organised his own squad of veterans as well as many trips home and abroad for members.

“He will be sorely missed by the whole local cycling and racing community and our deepest sympathy goes to his family at this time."

In a statement, his family said: “Paul was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather, he will be sadly missed.”

Cambridgeshire Constabulary confirmed that no arrests had been made but their investigation continues and they have appealed for witnesses to get in touch on 101.

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.