CYCLISTS from Huddersfield were taking part in a road race in which a veteran rider was killed.
The 75-year-old cyclist – named locally as Len Grayson – died in a crash with a car while he was taking part in a time trial, North Yorkshire Police confirmed.
He was riding in the Team Swift 100 time trials on the A19 and A168 near Thirsk.
Huddersfield Road Club riders Mike Cole and Paul Brierley were also taking part in the trials, which were halted by the tragedy.
Mr Cole said: “It’s very sad.
“No-one seems to know exactly what happened but I understand the car was on its roof.”
The crash between the black and silver bike and an Alfa Romeo car happened on the A19 northbound at about 5pm on Saturday.
The cyclist, who was from the West Yorkshire area, died at the scene.
The 29-year-old car driver, who was local, was taken to the Friarage Hospital by ambulance.
Both vehicles were travelling in the same direction when the accident happened. The road was closed until 9.45pm.
Any witnesses should call North Yorkshire traffic constable Emma Wallace by ringing 101.