Family pay tribute to 71-year-old cyclist killed in crash with van

The 71-year-old died after a collision with a VW Transporter on Saturday afternoon

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The family of a 71-year-old cyclist killed in a crash with a van said they are ‘heartbroken' after the loss.

Ronald Triggs died after he was involved in a collision with a VW Transporter in Colchester Avenue, Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.

The husband, father and grandfather died at the scene.

In a statement released on Sunday, Mr Triggs’ family said: “The whole family are heartbroken coming to terms with the tragic accident that has taken Ronald, husband of Pamela, father of Neil and bampi to his grandchildren.”

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South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward and are keen to hear from anyone who may have captured the incident on CCTV or dashcam.

A statement from the force said: “Emergency services were called to the incident near Sainsbury’s supermarket at approximately 1.30pm.

“A 71-year-old cyclist, who was in collision with a VW Transporter, died at the scene.

“His next of kin has been informed.”

Part of Colchester Avenue was closed for several hours after the crash but was reopened the same day.

After releasing a first appeal on Saturday evening, South Wales Police then released a statement from the family of Mr Triggs Sunday, along with a picture. (opens in new tab)

Officers are still keen to speak with anyone who has information, saying: “Anyone who witnessed the collision but has not yet spoken to police is urged to do so via 101, quoting occurrence 1800446271.

“Officers would also like to hear from anyone who may have captured the incident on a dashcam or CCTV.”

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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 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.