Tribute to cyclist who died on first run out on his new bike

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A Sheffield cyclist who died in a collision with a car in the Peak District was being remembered at the cycling Grand Prix in the city centre last night (Wednesday).

John Parkin, aged 42, was riding a bike he had just collected from Langsett Cycles in Infirmary Road when he was involved in the fatal collision in Bamford last May.

When the Italian manufacturers of the bike were told by shop owner Andrew Elston how John died as he realised his ambition of taking it on the road for the first time, they donated a bike worth £1,700, which was raffled at the Claremont Sheffield Grand Prix in aid of his family’s chosen charity, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.

Tickets were sold at the shop and at a stall at the city centre race before the draw from the main stage last night.

Andrew wrote to bicycle manufacturer Colnago explaining how John had been waiting all winter for the weather to improve so he could take his dream bike out for the first time.

“Their response has been overwhelming,” he said.

John, who lived in Westfield and left a wife, Karen, and son, James, owned and ran the Body Shop car repair business in Rutland Road.

A cycle ride in his memory is being organised by Langsett Cycles, following the Sheffield route which will be part of next summer’s Tour de France.

It will probably be incorporated into a training run that Langsett Cycles holds before members go on an annual visit to Majorca in March. “John was going to go next year and was getting excited about the ride,” said Andrew.

Derbyshire Police say an investigation into the crash is “ongoing and we will be seeking Crown Prosecution Service advice in the near future”.