Chris Boardman, the 1992 Olympic pursuit champion, former Hour Record holder, and three-time wearer of the maillot jaune at the Tour de France, announced Sunday that his mother, Carol, had died after a collision with a motor vehicle while cycling Sunday in Wales.
In a post on Twitter, Boardman announced the news. “In the early hours of Sunday morning, our mum, Carol Boardman, died from injuries sustained in collision with a car whilst out riding her bike in North Wales.”
— Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) July 17, 2016
A former racing cyclist, Carol Boardman gave up competitive cycling when Boardman and his sister, Lisa, were born, he wrote, “but she never lost her love of the bike or of competing.”
“Our mum was the most positive, outgoing person you could ever hope to meet and her generosity of spirit inspired everyone she met, Boardman wrote. “Wanting to share her passion for cycling, even well into her seventies, she often took groups of young novices out on their first forays into North Wales.
“She leaves behind Keith, her partner for more than half a century, Lisa and I, and a large, loving family. We cannot yet conceive of a world without her in it. We love you, Carol, may the wind ever be at your back.”
According to The Independent, the North Wales Police are seeking information or witnesses of the incident, which took place in Connah’s Quay. “The collision involved a white Mitsubishi L200 pick up and a pedal cyclist. The cyclist was taken to hospital via ambulance with serious injuries, and sadly later died,” a police statement read. “Police are renewing their appeal for anybody who may have witnessed the collision to contact officers on 101, quoting reference number U104385.”
Since retiring from pro cycling in 2000, Chris Boardman, 47, has worked as a commentator for ITV and the BBC covering major cycling events, sat on the National Cycling Strategy Board — launched to increase safety and security for cyclists in Great Britain — and founded Boardman Bikes, a performance brand in Great Britain, which sold to Halfords in 2014 for a reported £20,000,000.
CyclingTips offers its sincere condolences to Carol Boardman’s loved ones during this difficult time.