A moving tribute was made to the cyclist who was killed on the A483 on Thursday at the end of the formal presentation of winners at the Deva Triathlon this afternoon (Sunday, June 14).
Close to tears, with his voice breaking throughout, Chester Triathlon Club chairman Andy Hamilton described how the loss of club member Alan Cronin had affected everyone over what he described as a ‘tough three days’.
Speaking from the bandstand on The Groves following this morning’s race, Mr Hamilton said: “Alan would have loved to have been a part of today. He has been part of the club for so many years and he was tragically killed when he was out riding his bike. Something we all do. It was such a shame, such a loss.
“On behalf of the club and the triathlon community we want to pass on our sincere condolences to the family, to say we have been rocked by it doesn’t sum it up. It is just unbelievable.”
The crowds, who had just witnessed a sunlit medal ceremony at the bandstand, then stood and applauded Mr Cronin.
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Mr Cronin, 60, was killed on Thursday afternoon (June 11) following a collision close to junction 7 of the northbound carriageway near the Rossett flyover.
Polish national Damian Niepieklo, 22, has since been charged with causing the death of a 60-year-old cyclist by dangerous driving and has been remanded in custody. He has also been charged with failing to stop and failing to report a road traffic accident.
He will appear in court tomorrow (Monday, June 15).
More than 1,100 triathletes finished the race which was won by James Travers of Bristol who finished in 1:53:41. The fastest woman was Hannah Lord who finished in 2:05:47.
BBC presenter Louise Minchin competed for the first time. Her plans to enter last year were scuppered following a skiing injury although she did take part in the cycle race as part of Team Louise.