The mother of British Olympic cycling hero and safety campaigner Chris Boardman has died after a collision with a motorist while cycling in North Wales.
North Wales Police have confirmed that Carol Boardman died after a collision with a white Mitsubishi L200 pick up on July 16 at a roundabout on Mold Road, Connah’s Quay with the Junction of Ffordd Llanarth.
Ms Boardman was taken to hospital via ambulance with serious injuries, and sadly later died.
Police are renewing an appeal for anybody who may have witnessed the collision to contact officers on 101, quoting reference number U104385.
The family has released a moving tribute to Ms Boardman. It reads in full:
‘In the early hours of Sunday morning, our mum, Carol Boardman, died from injuries sustained in collision with a car whilst out riding her bike in North Wales.
‘A racing cyclist of some standing in her day, she gave up competitive riding when Lisa and I came along but she never lost her love of the bike or of competing. A stealth combatant and full of energy; mum was one of those individuals who could quietly turn anything into a contest. On the10-minute walk to my Nan's she would often force us to skip - it didn’t feel as strange then as it sounds now - which inevitably turned into a dog-eat-dog contest, a woman and two children frantically speed-skipping along a suburban pavement with a blue garden gate as the winning post.
‘God knows what it looked like to people driving past. Our mum was the most positive outgoing person you could ever hope to meet and her generosity of spirit inspired everyone she met. Many of our childhood memories involve my mother and the outdoors, walking out over Hoylake sandbank, swimming in the deep gullies, or hunting for fossils on Llandegla Moor in North Wales.
'Wanting to share her passion for cycling, even well into her seventies, she often took groups of young novices out on their first forays into North Wales.
‘She leaves behind Keith, her partner for more than half a century, Lisa and I, and a large, loving family. We cannot yet conceive of a world without her in it.’
Mr Boardman added on Twitter: ‘We love you Carol, may the wind be ever at your back.’
Mr Boardman won gold in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the individual pursuit and has campaigned on road safety, particularly raising awareness of safety issues for cyclists.