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How lockdown convinced Whyte it was time to step aside and hand over the reigns to the North West 200

Mervyn realised there was more to life after devastating cancellation of this year's event

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Leaving stage: Mervyn Whyte reflects on his personal journey after retiring

Leaving stage: Mervyn Whyte reflects on his personal journey after retiring

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Leaving stage: Mervyn Whyte reflects on his personal journey after retiring

Everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn't end, the saying goes.

So perhaps it is well that Mervyn Whyte is not entirely severing his bond with the event his name has become synonymous with over the past 20 roller coaster years.

To riders, road racing fans and the general sporting public, unassuming Limavady man Mervyn is Mr North West 200.


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