A MIRFIELD cyclist has died after a horror crash with a lorry on the A1 during a sports event.
Andrew Ridsdale, 43, was competing in a 10-mile time trial for Epsom Cycling Club when he was struck by the lorry shortly before 9am on Sunday.
The crash happened on the A1 southbound at the end of the A634 Spital Road, one mile south of Blyth services.
Mr Ridsdale joined the club in April 2007 and continued competing for them despite moving back to Mirfield 18 months ago to support his mother.
Brian Hill, general secretary of Epsom CC, said: “It’s terrible news, it’s dangerous out there on the roads.
“It brings it home when you hear of things like this.”
Martyn Bolt, chairman of Ravensthorpe Cycling Club, said he had received a number of calls from those who knew him who had been deeply shocked by Mr Ridsdale’s death.
He said: “They have said he was a charming and very friendly man.
“Everyone has said what a nice guy he was and he was fairly well-known in the Mirfield area through cycling.
“He had recently joined us at Ravensthorpe CC but had been living in Epsom for a number of years. He was cycling with Epsom CC in an organised event when he was struck.
“I don’t know the course but as an organised event there would have been a rigorous safety examination and marshals on the course.
“We offer our sincerest condolences to his family and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
The race organisers were the Trent Valley Road Club and they issued a statement on their website reads: “Tragedy struck at today’s open TT.
“Rider Andrew Ridsdale, of Epsom CC was killed in a collision with a lorry. Our sincere condolences go out to his family.”
Nottingham police closed the road for most of the day while officers investigated the cause of the collision. No arrests have been made.
Police would like to hear from a female motorist who told people at a nearby cafe that she had witnessed the crash. Contact the crash investigation unit on 101 extension 800 2225.
Unlike some other European countries, Britain has no restrictions on the circulation of goods vehicles on Sundays.
France bans most lorries over 7.5 tonnes from roads including motorways for 24 hours beginning 10pm on Saturday evenings, with wider-ranging bans in summer.
Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Spain also ban HGVs on Sundays, precise timings vary. Lorries carrying perishable products such as fresh produce are exempt.