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RideLondon cycle death: Nigel Buchan-Swanson 'died doing something he loved'

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A 69-year-old man who collapsed while taking part in the RideLondon cycle event has died.

Nigel Buchan-Swanson, from Chichester, had a cardiac arrest in Ockley Road about 56 miles into the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event on Sunday.

Fellow riders and medics at the scene tried to help him. He was married with three children and six grandchildren.

His wife Deborah said: "He was a very experienced cyclist and died doing something he loved".

She said: "Nigel was a much loved husband, father and grandfather."

Fundraising target exceeded

The event organisers said Mr Buchan-Swanson had been raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

"Everyone involved in Prudential RideLondon would like to express our sincere condolences to Nigel's family and friends", they said.

Mr Buchan-Swanson's fundraising page had a £200 target and has raised more than £3,000 so far with many contributors expressing condolences.

Hayley Short, head of challenge events at Macmillan, said: "We are deeply saddened to hear about the death of Nigel Buchan-Swanson in the 2018 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

"The money he raised for Macmillan will make a real difference to people living with cancer, and we are extremely grateful for his support.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends."

A total of 26,720 riders completed the event on Sunday.

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