Published: 01 October 2012
Scottish Cycling are saddened to announce the death of Tom Anderson, Club Captain and long-term member of the Falkirk Bike Club. Our thoughts are with Tom’s wife Katie and family at this most difficult time.
A statement taken from Falkirk Bike Club’s website said:
“Tom and his wife Katie have ridden with Falkirk Bicycle Club for over 10 years and Tom was not only a captain who led by example but who inspired others through his cheery manner and dedication to his sport. Tom was also a committed family man. He and Katie met through cycling and Tom was a devoted father to his two young daughters. As a father he encouraged his daughters in their own choice of sport whilst as a cyclist he participated in everything from top level amateur racing through to leisurely cycling holidays abroad with his wife. His club-mates were always impressed by his encyclopaedic knowledge of Scotland’s roads and owe him a great debt for the practical help and inspiration he brought to the club.
As an example of his self-less dedication, only a week ago Tom, with the help of his wife Katie, organised a charity ride involving 30 members of the club raising much needed funds for the charity ‘Friends of Chernobyl’s Children’ for whom he and his family provided respite care in recent years.
The thoughts of club members new and old are with his wife and family at this most difficult of times.”
Alasdair MacLennan, President of Scottish Cycling said:
"Desperately saddened by the news of Toms tragic accident. Having known him for over 30 years I'm sure I can speak on behalf of the whole cycling community in Scotland by offering our condolences to his family and wide circle of friends."
Tom, 48, from Torphichen near Bathgate sustained serious injury after a fall and was airlifted to hospital but sadly never recovered.
Tayside Police have said no other cyclists were involved and investigations were continuing to establish the full circumstances, adding that a report would be submitted to the procurator fiscal.