Gary Dighton, a rider in Great Britain's team time trial at Barcelona 1992, has died, having reportedly committed suicide

Gary Dighton, a prolific winner on the British time trial scene in the 1990s, has died at the age of 46 having reportedly taken his own life.

Dighton broke the competition record for the 25-mile time trial in 1991 with a time of 48.07 and rode in the team time trial at the Barcelona Olympics the following year.

Cambridgeshire-born Dighton joined Poole Wheelers in 2010 after a 12-year retirement. Club member Les Pick wrote on the club forum that Dighton would be much missed.

“It is with overwhelming sadness that I have to tell you that Gary died yesterday afternoon,” he wrote. “As some of you may know, Gary had been very low for some time and unfortunately yesterday this got the better of him and he took his own life.”

Pick added: “We are beyond devastated — Gary leaves a hole that cannot be replaced.”

  • The Awakening

    Extremely saddened and upset by the loss of Gary Dighton. Condolences to all Gary’s close family and friends at this difficult time.

    I am stunned that Gary is no longer with us and his passing leaves me remembering his Cycling achievements that were truly immense and inspiring. That is what makes reading Les Pick’s words from the Poole Wheelers website, so hard to understand;

    “As some of you may know, Gary had been very low for some time and he unfortunately yesterday this got the better of him and he took him own life.”

    That Gary was low and mentally in a bad place, to such an extent that he would take his life is awful. I wish I could still shake your hand, give you a hug and just simply say, “Hang in there mate, you are important to ALL of us. We ALL love you, for you being you, just as you are.”

    Rest in Peace Gary.

  • Bob Smith

    RIP, tragic news, I remember reading about him nearly every week, such a loss….

  • walker442

    RIP. Mental illness takes the lives of far too many.

  • I am totally shocked & deeply saddened by this bad news, what a very sad thing, my thoughts are with his family. I had many happy years being beaten by Gary week in week out on the Helpston 10 course just outside Peterborough in the 80’s when he rode for Fenland Clarion. He was a great rider and a lovely guy. RIP Gary.