The organisers of the RideLondon 100 sportive have confirmed that a rider died of a cardiac arrest on the route of the event on Sunday, July 31.
Robin Chard, 48 from Bicester, suffered the arrest at Kingston Bridge, around the 25 mile mark of the 100 mile event, and received treatment from fellow riders and medics at the scene. Unfortunately he later passed away in Kingston Hospital.
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Robin’s wife Vickie said: “Robin was doing something he loved to raise money for Cancer Research UK, a cause that was very important to him after losing his father, his mother’s partner and my mother to cancer. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped and supported Robin and me, especially the event stewards, the event team and the amazing staff at Kingston Hospital.”
The exact cause of death will be established at a later date, while no further details of the incident will be released.
Organisers confirmed that a total of 33 riders were taken to hospital during the event, with seven currently remaining in hospital. One rider is reportedly in a serious condition, having been taken to hospital in an air ambulance after crashing into a tree near Pyrford.
Another air ambulance was called to deal with a different incident in Thames Ditton.