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A National Escort Group (NEG) rider died after he was in collision with a motor vehicle at a road race in Lamberhurst, Kent on Saturday.

The incident happened early on the first stage of a three-day South East Road Race league event which was immediately cancelled.

British Cycling put a statement on its website saying; 'British Cycling can confirm a National Escort Group motorcyclist died today following an incident on the first day of the South East Road Race Three Day.'

The race was stopped immediately and racing was cancelled for the rest of the weekend.'

British Cycling president Brian Cookson said: "This is a tragedy which will sadden everyone associated with road racing in this country."'

My thoughts and those of everyone at british Cycling are with the friends and family of the NEG rider.'

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses. Anyone who witnessed the incident can contact the Serious Collision Unit on 01622 798538.

This is the second tragedy to affect road racing in the UK this year after Junior Heffernan died at the Severn Bridge road race in March.

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