The cyclist who died during the 2019 Velo Birmingham and Midlands event has been named by the coroner.
Michael Lunn was taking part in the sportive on the morning of Sunday (May 12) when he came off his bike while riding through Warwickshire.
The 50-year-old from Derbyshire suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital in Coventry, but died from his injuries, Coventry Live reports. (opens in new tab)
He came off his bike in Coleshill Road in Atherstone, 23 miles into the event.
The inquest into Mr Lunn’s death was opened by a coroner in Warwickshire and was adjourned until the police investigation is concluded.
Sergeant Shaun Bridle from Warwickshire Police said: “While investigations are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident, we are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed it.
“We are particularly trying to identify any cyclists who may have seen anything or who may have GoPro camera footage from around the time of the incident to please get in touch.
“Our thoughts remained with the victim’s family at this difficult time.”
A fundraising campaign (opens in new tab) has been set up in memory of Mr Lunn and has raised £26,000 for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
The organisers of the event, which attracted 17,000 riders this year, said in a statement: “We are in touch with the family of the rider who sadly passed away on Sunday and they would like us to pass on their heartfelt thanks for your messages of condolence and support.
“In his memory, we have set up a Just Giving page with all proceeds going to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance – a charity that was close to his heart and who actually attended to him on Sunday.
“Any donation large or small would be greatly appreciated.”
Police urged anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information to call Warwickshire Police on 101 and quote the reference 84 of May 12.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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