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Bike club stops using Northern Ireland road after cyclist paralysed in car crash

By Claire Williamson

A man has been left paralysed from the waist down after a crash involving a 4x4 during a time trial cycling event in Co Antrim.

The incident happened on Lisnevenagh Road last month at the Ulster 100 miles time trial championship.

Police are probing the collision. It left the rider with life-changing injuries.

An investigating officer said: "We have been working to establish the exact circumstances of the collision between a cyclist and a black Honda CR-V at around 10.30am on Sunday, June 10, which has left a 38-year-old male cyclist paralysed from the waist down.

"The driver of the jeep did remain at the scene and gave an account of the collision, however, in order to fully investigate this incident I would like to speak with all witnesses."

Local cycling club, the Ballymena Road Club, which has used that particular course for more than 40 years, said there had been three serious incidents in the past three seasons on the course during various events.

Members were taking part in the time trial, and as a result of the crash, the club has decided to stop using the course, citing the volume and speed of traffic.

Chairman Paul Murdoch said: "We have had concerns and would liaise quite regularly with the police, they would meet us with safety concerns.

"We had concerns about the course and following the accident in June we are no longer using that course."

All the clubs which use the course met with the PSNI at the beginning of last season and an agreement was made that there would be only one event a week there.

Mr Murdoch added: "We did that last year in an attempt to try and reduce risk and the usage of the course.

"But then that incident happened in June and it has changed things again and we've stopped using it."

Police have urged anyone with information which could assist officers with their enquiries to contact the PSNI in Antrim on 101.

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