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Severn Bridge road race abandoned

By citizendanc  |  Posted: March 03, 2013

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The Severn Bridge road race has been abandoned following a crash.

Cyclists gathered on mass today to take part in the popular cycle race, but it is believed a car and a cyclist were involved in a collision, and the event has now been abandoned.

Several riders from Gloucestershire were taking part.

It is thought the crash happened on lap three of 10 of the 41st annual event.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  March 04 2013, 10:00AM

    I was around that area yesterday, We were coming back from Weston Super Mare, my stepdad got lost by Aust and one of the lanes were closed off and had to go back the long way to Thornbury/A38 but R.I.P as well.

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  • spindles12  |  March 03 2013, 10:27PM

    This report is rather sparse on facts considering there is more detail on other websites. The wording on this page just says "it is believed a car and a cyclist were involved in a collision" which belies the seriousness of it, with the cyclist being killed. The circumstances of what happened are rather muddled as one report said he was killed in a head on crash with a moving vehicle while thisisbristol says "A cyclist taking part in a road race near Olveston died after he was involved in a collision with a stationary car". Who is right? Sad as it is that someone has died, cars and large groups of cyclists who are in a road race on a public road where there are other vehicles just DON'T MIX. So determined are they to be the quickest they probably take risks they shouldn't and if it's correct that he actually collided with a stationery car then this is even more tragic.

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  • HeleneBirch  |  March 03 2013, 8:27PM

    Dear Mr Silly, fatality or not, common sense should tell you that if a race is abandoned someone must be seriously injured! The cyclists name was published on many cycling news websites, Facebook, Twitter, the organising club website etc earlier this afternoon (check it out) otherwise I would not have been so insensitive or irresponsible as to chose to put his name to print. Pity you still didn't see fit to send your condolences to this you man's family, instead just thinking about defending yourself and criticising someone else in yet another silly comment. Perhaps you should start cycling or at the very least become a spectator as you obviously have too much time on your hands and this might give you something else to do!

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  • sticks_stones  |  March 03 2013, 7:56PM

    Very sad - RIP

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  • HeleneBirch  |  March 03 2013, 7:33PM

    Why don't you show some respect and stop stupidly commenting on grammatical minutiae. A young talented cyclist with a bright future has tragically lost his life today and people close to him may see you silly comments. We were there today and saw Junior Heffernan (the cyclist) racing just before the tragedy and this is devastating for every single person involved, from the cyclists to the spectators. We sadly saw the accident scene as we came upon it moments after it happened. Just seeing one of the shocked riders was shattering enough. As a mother of a talented teenage cyclist currently on an Academy programme with ambitions to become a professional like Junior, I have to worry about him being in an accident daily so my heart really goes out to Junior's mother tonight. so I will be going to the accident site tomorrow to lay flowers in his memory. My son has already said that he will take part in any memorial ride that may be organised. RIP Junior - our thoughts are with your family, friends, team mates and colleagues.

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  • Ysedra  |  March 03 2013, 4:10PM

    Lower your sights, this is TiG we're talking about...

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  • ChorltonHardy  |  March 03 2013, 3:57PM

    on mass? Or en masse? Just checking...

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