Best remembered for his 1986 victory at the Tour of the Cotswolds, former semi-professional racer Roger Dunne has died

Roger Dunne, winner of the 1986 Tour of the Cotswolds, has died after a swimming accident in a lake in France on Wednesday, his family has announced.

Having started cycling at the age of 12 in 1972, Dunne went on to become a successful amateur racer in the UK in the late 70s, including a win over a young Sean Yates in the Hardriders TT and being crowned the best UK amateur at the 1979 Tour of Ireland.

In the 1980s Dunne gave up his job as a quantity surveyor to pursue his passion for cycling, signing for the Luxembourg-based ACC Contern in 1981, with who he raced for three seasons.

After sitting out the 1985 season with illness, Dunne returned the following season to win the Tour of the Cotswolds before ending his amateur career in France.

Where one career ended, another started, with Dunne and wife Teresa setting up cycling holiday business Velo Vecours in St Jean-en-Royans, between Valence and Grenoble.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday August 20, at 3.30pm, at Crematorium de Valence Atrium, 76 Bd Gustave Andre, 26000 Valence.

A full obituary will appear in a forthcoming issue of Cycling Weekly.

  • Steve Croggon

    As a young rider in St Chris CCC, Roger was a great role model and I he still inspires my work with young riders today.
    In my thoughts.
    RIP Roger

  • Andrew Burbridge

    I was a member of the London St Christopher’s Catholic Cycling Club in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and raced with and against Roger during that time when he was at his best.
    We met up recently, after many years, and he had not changed at all with his enjoyment for cycling and helping others to enjoy the sport. He spoke fondly of the love and support from his close friends and family who will miss him very much.

    May he rest in peace. Andrew B.

  • Marian Cunningham

    My husband John got him started in cycling when he was a child in Wembley. John
    Was a member of St. Christopher’s Catholic Cycling Club and Roger joined them. My
    Husband is absolutely shocked tonight. As indeed I am.

    RIP Roger