Tragedy strikes at Reading CC

Two riders of the Reading CC were involved in a road traffic accident near Henley (Oxfordshire, UK)...

Two riders of the Reading CC were involved in a road traffic accident near Henley (Oxfordshire, UK) last Thursday evening. Anthony Maynard died at the scene, while Dave Ivory is in hospital. The club is in mourning about the loss of Maynard and is hoping for a speedy recovery of Ivory.

The accident happened in the evening of July 3 on the A4130 near Bix.

Anthony Maynard and his father Dave have long been members of Reading CC, and as father and son they were well known and well liked. Dave Maynard and Anthony Maynard had in fact set out together with others on the same ride on Thursday evening but the group had fragmented as cycling groups often do. Anthony Maynard and David Ivory were following their own route when the accident occurred. No other riders were with them.

Club secretary Roy Booth said: "I have been with Reading CC since the late 1980's; this is the worst thing that has happened in the club in that time. I will find it hard to come to terms with the knowledge that Anthony won't be turning up on Sunday mornings to ride his bike with the rest of us. In all the years I knew him, I never saw or heard of Anthony being in a bad mood or physically out of sorts. His physical strength was a tribute to his vegan lifestyle. Anthony was generous, handing on his old frames to younger riders. He was held in the highest affection by everyone who knew him in the club, to which he brought, with his father, real warmth. His happiness in what he did, his marvelous relationship with his father, his comradely competitiveness: we will miss all these things sadly."

Anthony Maynard, 25, was employed by the Rural Payments Agency. He is survived by his older sister Theresa, his mother Sue and his father Dave.

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