It is with huge sadness and shock that I am writing to tell you that Ray passed away this afternoon. As many of you know, Ray was riding a time trial with John Beer today, attempting to set a new national record for a 91 year old. John phoned me a few minutes ago to tell me and asked me to inform our members on our website. Carolyn Beer has visited Beryl and at this time Beryl does not wish to be contacted by phone.
John mentioned that the news has been posted on the time trials forum and here is an extract of what has been posted:
"As those who were at the event today know, there was an accident involving rider number 9, Ray Dare of the Kingston Phoenix. He was apparently hit from behind by a car. We now know he died from his injuries at the scene. Other riders have spoken of him riding well and steadily before. As yet there are no further details but police, of course, are conducting a fatal accident investigation.
I am sure all riders will be as shocked as the officials were at this news. We were at least able to arrange for the wife of a club member to call in and be with his wife, Beryl, 90, just before the police arrived to give her the news.
Many thanks to the many of you who offered to help today after the first news first of the incident came in and for your understanding when we did not know the seriousness of what had happened."
As above please note that Beryl has requested that no one should make contact by phone.
I will update this page as and when more news is received.