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Cyclist's death shouldn't put others off riding bikes, says friend and business partner

200 ride in memory of cycling coach Craig Armitage, killed earlier this month during Otley CC Reliability Ride

The friend and business partner of cycling coach Craig Armitage, killed earlier this month Awhile taking part in the Otley Cycling Club Reliability Ride, has said he would not have wanted his death to put people off cycling.

Jonathan Farnbay was speaking as 200 cyclists rode in memory of Mr Armitage yesterday - one of them his father, aged in his 70s.

Mr Armitage, aged 44, died on Sunday 15 February when he was struck by a car on the Bolton Abbey Estate and before the riders set out on their 14-mile tribute yesterday, they held a minute’s silence at the Lawnswood Arms in Leeds, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The father of three co-founded children’s cycle training business In Gear Cycling with Mr Farnaby, who said of the ride: “It was absolutely what Craig would have wanted.

“Craig touched the lives of so many people and the turnout was a testament to him.

“He was dedicated to promoting cycling as a lifestyle choice and something all the family can get involved with. He believed in the power of cycling in bringing people together.

“Craig would not have wanted a black cloud over cycling.

“We don’t know what happened on the road that day, this was about celebrating a life and a love of cycling,” he added.

Speaking about the participation yesterday of Mr Armitage’s father, he said: “He was absolutely determined to do it. The look on his face when he completed it – I’ve never seen someone look so proud.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Leodis | 9 years ago

The pleasure gained by cycling far out weights the risks.

ps this is coming from someone who is recovering plate surgery on the humerus four months ago, then on the fourth ride back got taken out by a zombie pedestrian.

fustuarium | 9 years ago

How can it not? Crashing because you got it wrong (i.e. death of the lad over the bridge near Skipton) is something that I can accept the risk for. Middle of the day on a Sunday on a road that is good for the Dales? I'm always glad to get off the long descent of the A59 and on to the B6160. And on a Sunday it'd be teeming with people riding so it shouldn't have caught the driver by surprise.

What is the death or serious injury rate for people who cycle compared to other activities? A quick search online is inconclusive but suggest only BASE jumping and swimming have higher death rates. Skydiving, rock climbing, scuba diving all showed lower. The difference seems to be the inability to mitigate the risk posed by drivers.

[I'll now go and get my nomex chamois on lol]

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