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Rob Jefferies Remembrance Ride
Posted: 30th May 2011
Report: Eamonn Deane
Above: Rob's wife Jane leads the bunch across Studland Heath.
On a chilly, damp, Bank Holiday Monday, over 70 cyclists turned out to show their respect for the late Rob Jefferies, who died in a collision with a motor vehicle near his home in Dorset on the evening of 26th May.
Cyclists filled the chain link ferry across to Shell Bay, where even more riders were waiting. Rob's widow Jane and daughter Eve had bravely come out to ride. Jane admits to being "not very fit" but, complete with basket on her "sit up and beg" she led the bunch across Studland Heath.
Above: "See you up the road, Rob..."
The weather closed in but riding along, sharing tales of Rob, spirits were lifted, cyclists are a resilient lot, of course they are, it goes with the territory. Dropping down into Swanage, where Rob lived, the bunch came to a halt at the pier. More tales were told, a few photographs were taken and, cyclists being cyclists a few cups of tea were drunk. It was a fitting tribute to a very popular man.
Above: Rob's wife Jane and daughter Eve are joined by over 70 other riders to remember the hugely popular man.
Well done to Chris Ball, who, touched by the loss of a "very close friend" pulled this ride together. Several of the group had ridden the Hounslow 100 the day before but still found the legs to pay their dues to the Big Man.
Related: Obituary: Rob Jefferies