Severn Bridge Road Race abandoned after cyclist dies in crash with car
A CYCLIST has died in the annual Severn Bridge Road Race.
The 41st annual event was abandoned yesterday after a cyclist was involved in a crash with a car on the third lap of 10.
Gloucester's Steve Jones, a British Cycling volunteer, refereed the meet and it was his decision to abandon the race.
He said: "It has never been abandoned in the past, but I felt it was the right decision to make in the circumstances.
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"I don't know the exact details of what happened but I understand Avon police are now investigating."
The popular race attracts top cyclists every year who race for a share of the prize fund - this year totalling £2,000.
Riders from all over the south west, including Gloucestershire, take part in the annual race.