'Riding bikes can change people’s lives': Widow of London cyclist killed by drunk driver hopes to change the track for youngsters

Fund set up after Jonathan Gales was killed by a drunk driver in Los Angeles in 2022

Jonathan Gales
(Image credit: supplied by family)

A woman from south London is in the process of setting up a charitable fund to benefit the local cycling community and boost the sports accessibility in the area for young people. 

Claire Pepper's husband, Jonathan Gales, was a well known figure in the south London cycling scene but was tragically killed by a drunk driver during a work visit to Los Angeles in November 2022, aged 36.

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Tom joined Cycling Weekly in early 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

He has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the recent Glasgow World Championships. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world and interviewed some of the sport's top riders. 

When not writing news scoops from the WorldTour, or covering stories from elsewhere in the domestic professional scene, he reports on goings on at bike shops up and down the UK, where he is based when not out on the road at races. He has also appeared on the Radio Cycling podcast.