Ben Carroll, a cyclist belonging to the Cardiff Ajax cycling club has met his tragic end in the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling Handicap race. Abergavenny Festival of Cycling Handicap is basically a forty-five mile race in which anyone with a valid cycling license can participate. This time there were around seventy riders including the Cardiff cyclist Carroll participating in the Tuesday evening race.
The accident took place when Carroll unexpectedly and unfortunately collided with a van which was travelling on the A40 Old Raglan Road from the opposite direction. Carroll was admitted to the Nevill Hall Hospital (Abergavenny) because he had suffered from some serious injuries. However, he could not survive and died on Wednesday. The Cardiff Ajax cycling club posted a statement on their official website to confirm the news of Carroll’s death.
Welsh Cycling, William Hill and Unibet have also offered its condolences to Ben Carroll’s relatives and friends. Another cyclist, Dan Taylor (33) from Abertillery got his nose injured during this bicycle-van collision and was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital (Newport) to get treated.
Police investigation is going on and it is yet to be revealed as to why the road was open for general traffic when a race was being held. Police are appealing to the witnesses to provide any relevant information that can throw light on the circumstances of this accident. Along with the police, the race organizers and the Welsh Cycling are also getting actively involved in the investigation.
Despite the tragic accident, the organizers of the Abergavenny Handicap race have decided not to cancel the races scheduled for the entire week.
The family gave their tribute to Ben Carroll. According to a statement given by the family, Ben met his death while doing what he loved and that is, riding his road bike. Many people have also paid their respect to this young cyclist on social networking websites.