David McCall: Northern Ireland’s best known competitive cyclists gave all to sport
David McCall was one of Northern Ireland’s best known competitive cyclists when he was killed.
The 46-year-old Lisburn man represented both Northern Ireland and Ireland on the world stage. He was a Commonwealth Games medallist and made three Commonwealth Games appearances. He also had a long list of honours in Europe and Ireland.
Following his retirement from international racing, Mr McCall served as an Executive of the Ulster Cycling Federation (Cycling Ulster) for several years. Mr McCall, who was married with two daughters, qualified as a level three coach and commissaire and was the driving force behind the motorcycle marshal training scheme which he launched
He jointly ran Sportactive, which organised cycling and walking trips to Majorca and the French Alps.
He was involved with Scottish Cycling and the Braveheart Fund, which raises funds to help young riders achieve their potential. He also cycled the length of Ireland in less than 24 hours to raise money for charity, while also holding down a civil service post.
Mr McCall was a member of the Maryland Wheelers club in Lisburn and his club have established a charitable foundation in his name to support cycling in Ulster.
A tribute to Mr McCall on the club’s website says that his “industriousness, positive and often brash attitude towards cycling” has been missed adding that “someday, somewhere, someone will say ‘I wonder what McCall would do?’ or ‘Davy would have done it this way’”, adding that his past ideas and methods “will still influence future club if not provincial cycling decisions”.
Mr McCall’s death sent shockwaves through the cycling and sporting community both internationally and at home.
Former Lisburn mayor Ronnie Crawford said at the time that Mr McCall was known for his “outstanding sporting ability”.
He added that the cyclist had also supported the council on a number of projects, including the Tour of Ireland Cycle Challenge in 2007 and the Irish Road Race in 2004.