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Cycling star David McCall is killed in race

By Matthew McCreary

Tributes have been paid to one of Northern Ireland’s best known competitive cyclists who was killed in a traffic accident on Tuesday night.

David McCall, a Commonwealth Games medallist, died after his bike was in collision with a car on the Belfast Road at Nutt’s Corner.

The 46-year-old had been taking part in a locally organised cycle race.

A man who was arrested after the incident was released on bail.

Lisburn man Mr McCall had a long list of honours in Europe and Ireland.

He had recently qualified as a Commissar, refereeing at races.

He jointly ran Sportactive, which organises cycling and walking trips to Majorca and the French Alps.

He was married with two daughters.

Lisburn Mayor Ronnie Crawford said the council was “deeply shocked and saddened” by Mr McCall’s death.

“Not only was he well known to Council members and staff for his outstanding sporting ability, he 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,” he said.

“He also enthusiastically participated some years ago in a Civic sporting exchange between Lisburn and Kilmarnock in Scotland. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

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