Tributes have been paid to cyclist Martyn Gall after his “tragic and unfathomable” death while riding.
The 41-year-old was out riding with a club-mate on November 14 in the West Midlands when both riders were hit by a car.
Martyn died shortly after while the other rider was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A woman in her 20s was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released under investigation, the Daily Record reports.
Cycling group Boldmere Bullets Collective said: “I'm sure many of you will have already heard the tragic and unfathomable news that local cyclist Martyn Gall died after being hit by the driver of a car on the Alvechurch bypass.
“He was a very experienced cyclist and a stalwart of the Sette Dodici ride - many of us have shared the road with him at some point. Martyn leaves behind a wife and two young daughters as well as many close friends within our local cycling community.
“I think all of us share feelings of shock, sadness and anger at such an avoidable and meaningless tragedy.”
The crash happened on the A441 at Alvechurch in Worcestershire at 8am on Saturday, November 14.
Martyn, who worked in transport, was originally from Cumnock in Ayrshire, Scotland, but moved to Birmingham in 2001.
He was husband to Diane and father to two daughters - Heather, 17, and Olivia, 15.
Birmingham bike shop and social enterprise Gear Up said: “Everyone at Gear Up CC would like to send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Martyn Gall who has sadly passed away after being hit by a car while out riding this morning with Sette Dodici.
“Please ride safe and if you are a car driver please please look out for cyclists! We aren’t just cyclists, we are husbands, wives, dads, sons, daughters.”
A fundraising page was set up by the Boldmere Bullets in memory of Martyn, with the money raised going to his family - you can donate here. (opens in new tab)
So far more than £6,500 has been raised.
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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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