‘Passionate’ founder of cycling club dies in van crash while riding

The 45-year-old cyclist was involved in a collision at a mini-roundabout

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A founding member of a popular cycling club has died after a crash involving a van while out riding.

Justin O’Neil, from Amersham in Buckinghamshire, died in a crash at a mini-roundabout in his hometown.

The family of Mr O’Neil, a founder of Amersham Road Cycling Club, have paid tribute to their loved one.

In a statement issued via the police, his family said: “Justin was a keen cyclist, passionate about road safety, safe cycling and a founding member of the Amersham Road Cycling Club – which now has over 250 members.

“He leaves a wife and two young daughters and will be greatly missed by family and a wide circle of friends and colleagues.”

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Amersham Road Cycling Club was established in 2006 by local riders who wanted to cater for riders of all ages and abilities.

In a Facebook post, the club called Mr O’Neil’s death “the darkest day in the history of the Amersham club.”

Thames Valley Police issued an appeal for witnesses after the crash, which happened at around 6.05pm on January 3.

A white van was also involved in the incident, which happened in Woodside Road at the mini-roundabout junction with Chiltern Avenue.

Emergency services rushed to attend but Mr O’Neil died at the scene.

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Investigating officer, PC Linzi Turner of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We are currently working to establish the circumstances in this collision in which a man sadly lost his life and I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the events or who has any dash-cam footage of the incident.

“If you saw what happened and have not already spoken to police, please get in touch.”

Police said his family were being cared for by a specially-trained family liaison officer.

Anyone with details is asked to call police on 101 and give the reference 43190002799.

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Alex Ballinger
Alex Ballinger

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.