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Chris Boardman's mother killed while cycling

Fatal incident happened at Connah's Quay in North Wales on Saturday afternoon...

Carol Boardman, the mother of former Olympic and World Champion cyclist Chris Boardman has died following a collision with a pick-up truck in North Wales.

North Wales Police confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Mrs Boardman had died in hospital from injuries sustained yesterday in a road traffic collision with a white Mitsubishi L200 pick-up truck at Connah's Quay.

Police say they were called to the incident at the roundabout on Mold Road with the junction of Ffordd Llanarth at 1.54pm yesterday afternoon.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 101, quoting reference number U104385.

In a statement issued via North Wales Police, the Boardman family said:

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.

A racing cyclist of some standing in her day, she gave up competitive riding when Lisa and I came along but she never lost her love of the bike or of competing. A stealth combatant and full of energy; mum was one of those individuals who could quietly turn anything into a contest. On the10-minute walk to my Nan's she would often force us to skip - it didn’t feel as strange then as it sounds now - which inevitably turned into a dog-eat-dog contest, a woman and two children frantically speed-skipping along a suburban pavement with a blue garden gate as the winning post.

God knows what it looked like to people driving past.

Our mum was the most positive outgoing person you could ever hope to meet and her generosity of spirit inspired everyone she met. Many of our childhood memories involve my mother and the outdoors, walking out over Hoylake sandbank, swimming in the deep gullies, or hunting for fossils on Llandegla Moor in North Wales. 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.

Our thoughts are with Chris Boardman, who in recent years has emerged as an eloquent and effective advocate for cycling safety, and his family.


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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