British Cycling saddened by passing of member Howard Plumb

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British Cycling is saddened to learn of the passing of member Howard Plumb, who died following a cycling incident.

Mr Plumb, 42, was involved in a collision with a car when cycling on the 5 July near Goodwood in West Sussex.

He suffered serious injuries and died on Monday 7 July at St George’s Hospital in London.

Mr Plumb, a scientist from Westbourne, was a member of the Internet Cycling Team and had completed numerous cycling endurance challenges including L’Etape du Tour, an event that allows amateur cyclists to race over the same route as a Tour de France stage.

Team founder Guy Watson said: ‘On a weekend when there was so much for the cycling community to celebrate, our members are shocked and saddened by what has happened to Howard.

‘Howard joined in 2005 and immediately impressed us with his athleticism in endurance cycling events such as the Etape du Tour and La Marmotte in France, where he would often be our best finisher.

‘Howard’s biggest contribution to the club though was his personality. He was modest about his own achievements and was always positive and supportive to his teammates regardless of their ages and abilities.

‘Speaking personally, I will miss Howard enormously. He was a model club member, what we call in the cycling club world a real clubman. He got out there and did things in a way that inspired others – and a true gentleman and a friend.’

British Cycling president Bob Howden commented: “The death of any British Cycling member is saddening but a death in the saddle is particularly affecting.

“My thoughts, and those of everyone at British Cycling, go out to Howard’s friends and family following this tragedy. I would encourage anyone with any knowledge of the incident to please contact Sussex Police.”

A 54-year-old man, the driver of a white Honda Jazz, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been bailed.

The accident happened on Knights Hill, Charlton, near Chichester, at 5.15pm.

Sergeant Stewart Goodwin, from Sussex Police, said: ‘We are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen this crash or the vehicles prior to it.’

Contact Sussex Police on 101 or email quoting Operation Birr.