Inquest into death of cyclist on Portsmouth track hears he was positioning for sprint

Inquest has opened into the death of cyclist Richard Phillips-Schofield during a race on the Mountbatten track in Portsmouth in March 2014

Exterior of Mountbatten leisure centre Portsmouth.

(Image credit: Alamy Stock Photo)

A six-day inquest into the death of cyclist Richard Phillips-Schofield at the Mountbatten Centre track, Portsmouth, on March 11 2014 has heard that he was positioning himself for a sprint just before he crashed.

Police officer Phillips-Schofield suffered severe head and chest injuries as a result of the crash and died in the Queen Alexandra Hospital two days later.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.