Thursday 22 March 2018

Cycling club-mates of tragic dad pay emotional tribute at scene of crash that claimed his life

Members of NDCC lay flowers at the scene of the crash
Members of NDCC lay flowers at the scene of the crash

Allan Preston

Team-mates of a cyclist who died in a road accident have paid an emotional tribute at the scene of the crash.

Father-of-two Gavin Moore (40) died in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital on Tuesday after a white Hyundai 4x4 was in collision with his cycle team on the Newtownards Road in Conlig.

Two other riders from North Down Cycle Club (NDCC) were injured in the incident.

Police arrested a 59-year-old man at the scene. He was later released on bail.

Yesterday afternoon Mr Moore's devastated club-mates took to the road for a slow cycle in his memory, leaving flowers at the scene of the collision.

Posting a picture of the tribute on social media, the team members called it a "very emotional" moment.

Gavin Moore
Gavin Moore

Commenting online, one friend said: "Well done guys. It's a lovely tribute to him. He would be smiling ear to ear."

The club also posted an update on injured members Gareth Boyle and Keith Freel.

"Gareth is currently going through an operation on his back to try and repair the broken bones," the message read.

"They were also going to put a plate on his broken ribs but it's looking like it thankfully won't be needed, He will still need a further operation to repair his elbow."

Mr Boyle remains in the high dependency unit and is still unable to receive visitors.

The statement continued: "Keith has been discharged from hospital and is at home recovering for concussion. He thanks everyone for their well wishes."

Funeral details for Mr Moore are expected to be announced soon.

Hours after his death, his partner Joanne Ryans spoke of her shock online, writing: "Taken too soon, a sport he loved."

Hundreds more added their own condolences on the NDCC Facebook page. Team member Tom Henry recalled a happy morning with Mr Moore before tragedy struck.

"We had such good craic on the Hilly Run," he said.

"Gav was his usually happy, smiling self.

"It makes us realise how tenuous our grip on life is.

"He was a guy who enjoyed his sport and was happy to work for others and put something back into the sport he loved.

"An active committee member, top cyclist and a top guy. He'll be missed. Our prayers are with the wider family and to all those involved."

Adding to the comments, Crip Canning called for drivers to exercise extra care on the roads.

"So sad to hear of your loss," he said.

"We all ride the roads expecting to come home. It's hard to imagine the devastating effects this can have on our families, yet it's so easily prevented. Thoughts are with the family and club."

As well as his passion for cycling, Mr Moore was a coach at Castle Juniors Football Club, where his son Luke played.

A spokesman for Castle Juniors said: "Gavin put so much into the club, as he did with everything he was involved in, and we are all heartbroken and devastated beyond words."

Belfast Telegraph

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