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Tributes to cyclist Gavin Moore killed after collision on club run in Bangor

By Cate McCurry and Rachel Martin

A father-of-two who was killed after a car collided with a group of cyclists had considered missing out on the trip because of the holidays.

Gavin Moore (40) died in hospital after he and three other cyclists were involved in a collision on the dual carriageway near Bangor yesterday afternoon.

The group were all members of North Down Cycling Club and had been on a ride together.

One club member, Gareth Boyle, was last night in a critical condition in hospital, while another, Keith Freel, was described as being in a stable condition in the Ulster Hospital.

A fourth cyclist, Rachy Sinnamon, was involved in the collision but walked away with no injuries.

Several broken bikes lay strewn on the road at the scene on the dual carriageway near Conlig.

The road, which connects Bangor and Newtownards, is popular with riders from cycling clubs in Ards and North Down.

A white Hyundai 4x4 collided with the group at around 1.50pm.

A 59-year-old man was arrested at the scene and was in police custody last night.

The Newtownards Road was closed in both directions for several hours.

North Down Cycling Club cancelled an event yesterday evening following the tragedy.

Only 24 hours previously Mr Moore made enquiries on the club's Facebook page about yesterday's 'novice ride' and asked "will we give it a miss this week with the holidays?".

Scores of tributes to the popular Bangor man appeared on the social media page.

Club member Sam Carson said: "It's with great regret the committee has to inform you of the passing of club and committee member Gavin Moore.

"Gareth Boyle and Keith Freel were also involved. Gareth suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries, Keith was given the okay, just a very bad concussion.

"Rachy Sinnamon also involved, but thankfully walked away. The committee send the condolences and sympathies to his mother and father, partner Joanne, Gavin's kids, Adam and Luke, Joanne's kids and the whole family circle."

A club member said that Ms Sinnamon provided support to Gavin at the scene. "Rachy was involved too and gave comfort to Gavin as medics tended him," they wrote.

Another friend described Mr Moore as a "gentleman".

David Hamilton posted: "Such a sad day for our cycling community.

"Gav was a big gentleman who enjoyed helping in whatever way he could in the club."

Fellow cyclist Ian Blayney said: "Gavin was relatively new to cycling but progressed quickly as a cyclist and was happy to put something back to our sport by taking an active role on the club committee.

"He was well-liked by all who had the pleasure to ride with him and will be sadly missed."

Police in Newtownards have appealed for information in regards to the collision.

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