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86-year-old killed in road traffic collision while doing LEJOG

Family pay tribute to cyclist whose “last living action was pushing the pedals”

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 86-year-old cyclist was killed in a road traffic collision while attempting to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG). Victor Paget had completed the route in 14 days at the age of 77 and was aiming to finish in 12 days this time around.

Devon and Cornwall Police were contacted at around 6.30pm on Friday August 28 after Paget was found unconscious in the middle of Tavistock Road in Okehampton.

The Warwickshire cyclist had sustained serious head injuries and was airlifted to Derriford hospital, where he sadly died on Friday September 4 with his family at his bedside.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses, anyone with information or relevant dash cam footage to come forward.

The force can be contacted on 101, quoting log 846 28/08/20.

In a statement, Paget’s family said he had been a dedicated cyclist since 1951 when he cycled to Torquay and back from his home in Leamington Spa.

In 2011, at the age of 77, he cycled alone from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 14 days.

“I had hip replacements done four and 13 years ago so I’d like to thank surgeons Mr Binfield and Mr Shah at Warwick Hospital for those,” he told the Warwick Courier at the time. “I was told I would never cycle, so when they see this they will probably call me.”

Reflecting on that trip, he said that he “wouldn’t mind doing it again.”

Paget’s family said: “Vic's ambition was to repeat the feat at the age of 86, but in 12 days this time around. Unfortunately he has died in a tragic accident, his last living action was pushing the pedals. Vic was a noble spirit who will be sadly missed by his family and saluted by fellow cyclists.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Devon Air Ambulance, all the NHS staff at Derriford Hospital Plymouth for looking after Vic with such care and dignity and the Devon and Cornwall Police who have all been tremendous through this tragic event.”

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mtb_roadtripper | 3 years ago
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So sad, an inspiring man thats for sure.

I'm sure I remember seeing a news interview with him while I was researching LEJOG and hoping I can be in that shape at that age. 

Crazyhorse | 3 years ago

Poor guy - my heart goes out to his friends and family. Loss is always tragic, but at least he passed away at a good age doing something he loved. 

Captain Badger | 3 years ago

Condolences to the bereaved. He sounds like he was quite a guy.

NZ Vegan Rider | 3 years ago
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He was inspiring!!

So sad for his family and friends for him to be killed and left in this way.


Cargobike | 3 years ago


Shows what cycling can do for you though. Never in a million years would you think he was 86 if that photo is anything like representative of him prior to the "accident".

Sincere condolences to his family, but I hope they are grateful for the life he actually lead.

iandusud | 3 years ago

First of all I wish to pass on my condolences to the family of Vic who must have been an inspiration to them.

The article says that he was involved in a road traffic collision but also that he was found unconsious in the road. Does that mean that it was a hit and run?

AlsoSomniloquism replied to iandusud | 3 years ago

That is the assumption I believe, probably due to damage to the bike. Otherwise I doubt police would be asking for witnesses etc.

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