Cycling champion John Radford left with severe brain damage after being struck by a car while out on his bike has died.

Mr Radford, 70, suffered head injuries after coming off his bike in New Mill in July last year.

Dad-of-two Mr Radford was treated at Leeds General Infirmary and later transferred to a specialist neurological rehabilitation centre in York.

He was discharged just over a week ago as his condition deteriorated and he returned to his Meltham home.

He died last night with wife Pat and daughters Emma and Helen by his bedside.

Emma Boyes and her injured dad John Radford, now in a rehab centre in York
Emma Boyes and her injured dad John Radford, who was in a York rehab centre
 

Mr Radford was chairman of cycling group Huddersfield CTC and a Yorkshire regional representative on the body’s national council.

The family has asked for privacy and time to grieve and tributes have been led by family friend and keen cyclist Clr Martyn Bolt who said: “John was a remarkable man.

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“He will be a great loss to the local cycling community. For many years John was a big figure both physically and administratively and he leaves big boots to fill.”

Clr Bolt, who succeeded Mr Radford on the national council, added: “I was privileged to have ridden with him in his last endurance race and he was a man always willing to help others. He will be sorely missed.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

 

Driver Michael Gledhill, 23, of Bramble Walk, Holmfirth, was unanimously found guilty by a jury of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He had denied the charge but police found flakes of paint from his car bumper on a spoke cap from the bike, proving contact.

Gledhill was warned to expect prison and he was due to be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on November 25, on what would have been Mr Radford’s 71st birthday.

Funeral details will be released later.