Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Tragic biker Bruce Moulds in action minutes before Westmeath fatal crash

Bruce Moulds
Bruce Moulds

Friends of one of Northern Ireland's brightest young road racing talents have told of their shock over his death.

They described Bruce Moulds as a devoted boyfriend, a loving father to his young son Jackson and a loyal friend who "always had a big smile on his face".

The 20-year-old from Hillsborough, Co Down, died after his bike crashed into a ditch mid-competition at the Race of the South road race in Co Westmeath on Sunday.

A short time into the 125cc event, on the third lap fighting for third position, he crashed at the back of the Walderstown course.

He was airlifted by the Irish Army to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin but was pronounced dead at 5.30pm.

Up to 10,000 spectators were at the event.

Back home, his death has left his family and friends heartbroken.

Close friend Chris Dalzell (25) said he felt sick when he heard the news.

"Through school, work and racing he's been nothing but a good friend to me; my head's all over the place.

"He tried to get me to come down with him this weekend to watch him and I couldn't make it. I promised him I'd go to the next one, and now I honestly can't get my head round the fact there won't even be a next time," he said.

Mr Dalzell also races, but not competitively. He said that could all change, as the loss of his friend has scared him off from the sport.

"I ride, not for racing or anything, but on the roads. This has put me off completely getting back out there. This could be me done with it," he said.

He works at the same company where Mr Moulds was employed, Kerr's Tyres. A number of the staff were unable to face work on Monday morning, devastated by the loss of their colleague.

Bruce's manager Colin Adams, who joined the company at the same time as the biker, said he "always had a big smile on his face".

He added: "His girlfriend, his kid and his bikes were his life, he will definitely be missed."

The morning after he died papers for Bruce's pension scheme arrived in the office.

Mr Adams said it made the loss of a young life even more difficult to bear.

"When I heard the news, I just hoped it wasn't true."

Hillsborough & District Motorcycle Club also paid tribute to the local man.

Club secretary Denis Wilson said Mr Moulds raced with it in 2011.

"Everybody here is shocked he was so tragically killed at only 20 years of age," he added.

Mr Moulds finished his first road race three months ago, even managing to gain a podium place.

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Five-time winner at the Ulster Grand Prix Philip McCallen says his thoughts are with Mr Mould's family. "The turn on is the buzz, the adrenaline and you'll come back for it more and more. The sad, sad thing is the loss of his life and the worst thing in the world is the grief left for his friends, family and the sport."

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