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Club cyclists set to accompany tragic Gavin on final journey

Posted on: July 14th, 2017

Club cyclists to bring tragic Gavin Moore on final journey

Gavin’s family said they want cyclists to accompany him on his last journey. And clubs are riding to his funeral

 

Club cyclists to bring tragic Gavin Moore on final journey

 

The club mates of Gavin Moore and indeed cyclists from other Irish clubs will turn out tomorrow to accompany him on his final journey.

Gavin, a stalwart of North Down CC, was very sadly killed and three cyclists he was with injured, in a collision with a vehicle on Tuesday.

The lads were out for a spin at the time but Gavin died at the Royal Victoria Hospital from the injuries he sustained.

His funeral takes place tomorrow and his club mates will be out in force. Other cyclists from other Irish clubs are also set to ride to the funeral.

His family has specifically said they want cyclists to accompany him on his last journey.

Gavin’s funeral service takes place tomorrow, Saturday 15th, in Hamilton Road, Presbyterian Church, Bangor, at 9.30am.

The club said its members and Gavin’s family have been “touched by the support that has been shown by all in the cycling fraternity throughout Ireland and beyond”.

 

Club cyclists to bring tragic Gavin Moore on final journey

Gavin winning the Bann Valley Classic last year (Photo with thanks to Bronagh Kirk and North Down CC)

 

Speaking for North Down CC, Tom Henry added Gavin’s passing had devastated everyone who knew him.

“Gav was the quintessential club stalwart,” he said. “He was a top class competitor in his own right and possessed a demon sprint, which brought him success in both open and club events.

“But he was no prima donna. He was a very active committee member – and was not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in.

“For example, he organised the weekly novice rides for those new to cycling and, at the other end of the spectrum, he organised the backing for the racing team.

“Indeed, in recent days he was busying himself organising the team for an upcoming stage race.

“And, at the same time, his last post on North Down CC Facebook site on Monday was outlining the plans for the Tuesday night’s Novice Cycle.

“However, not satisfied with all that, Gav volunteered to organise the highly regarded North Down Grand Prix this August.

“Knowing the stature of that event, we’re all going to miss something really special, as Gav’s motivation and hard work would undoubtedly have produced a classic race.

“Indeed his partner, Joanne, recalls his enthusiasm whilst working on the organisation of the event last weekend when he announced that: ‘This year’s Grand Prix is going to be the best ever.’

Gavin was just 40-years-old and had two boys; Adam and Luke. And Tom Henry said he will be hugely missed.

“No death is easy, but the untimely death, in such tragic circumstance, of someone who was so popular leaves a gaping void for all of us.

“Everyone in the cycling fraternity and especially those in North Down Cycling Club pass on their deepest sympathies to the wider family cycle.

“It is the desire of Gav’s family that he should be accompanied on his final journey by fellow cyclists.

“North Down members, in their famous pink and black,  will gather tomorrow morning at the old North Down CC Clubrooms, Park Drive at 9am and cycle the short distance to Hamilton Road, Presbyterian Church and after the ceremony to Clandeboye Cemetery.

“Anyone in the wider cycling community will be very welcome to join with North Down in this cycle of remembrance.”

 

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