Cyclist Junior Heffernan killed in Severn Bridge race crash

Junior Heffernan. Pic: Graham Robins Junior Heffernan's death was described as an "awful tragedy"

A cyclist has died in a crash with a car while competing in a road race in Gloucestershire.

Junior Heffernan, 23, from Yelverton in Devon, was taking part in the Severn Bridge Road Race.

He was involved in the collision near Olveston on the third lap of the 66-mile event. He died as a result of his injuries.

A spokesman for the Bristol Road Club, which organised the event, said: "This is an awful tragedy."

The 10-lap race in the South Gloucestershire area was abandoned following the crash.

Heffernan - known as "The Heff" - wrote on his blog on Friday: "This will be my first race alongside members of my new team, Team Herbalife-Leisurelakesbikes.com, proper racing!"

British Cycling president Brian Cookson said: "This is a tragedy which will profoundly sadden everyone associated with cycling in this country."

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More England stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Man holding lipWitch hunt

    The country where a writer accused of blasphemy must run


  • Espresso cupNews quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?


  • Lauren Arrington holding up a fishSomething's fishy

    Scientist claims 'child prodigy' getting credit for his discovery


  • A woman's stomach with the words "I love IDF"'War porn'?

    Support - and disdain - for women posting sexy selfies for the IDF


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • CastleRoyal real estate

    No longer reserved for kings and queens, some find living in a castle simply divine

Programmes

  • Leader of Hamas Khaled MeshaalHARDtalk Watch

    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.