Cycling Ulster Chairman Tommy Lamb has paid tribute to Davy McCall on the day in which a Belfast man has been found guilty of causing his death by dangerous driving. "Davy was a legend in Irish cycling." Lamb said. "He was a top international rider who represented both Northern Ireland and Ireland on the world stage. Not only was he a top sporting star but he was also a very down to earth person, easily approachable and willing to pass on his knowledge and skills to a new generation of racing cyclists. Many top athletes leave their sport when they retire but David was passionate about cycling and continued to race at a local level with his Lisburn based Maryland Wheelers club. Not only that but he also qualified as a commissaire (cycling referee) and gave freely of his time in helping to organise races throughout the country. I knew Davy for almost 30 years and he was a perfect gentleman and a role model for all aspiring athletes. He had time for everyone from the complete novice right through to our professional riders. "


Just this week the David McCall Cycling Foundation, which was established to promote cycling in Ulster and keep Davy's name alive, announced three major awards. They will be supporting two Womens Training Camps in the near future and will also be the main sponsor for the Cycling Ulster team in this years international Tour of the North cycle race at Easter. Last year they supported a team in the Tour of Malta and are currently in negotiations regarding a major financial boost to help promote youth racing in the country. The Foundation consists of four members of Maryland Wheelers, one member of Phoenix CC, a representative from Cycling Ulster and David's daughter Emma McCall. Funds have been raised by the cycling fraternity from throughout Ireland and abroad.


Lamb explained that Cycling Ulster has just established an ad hoc Safety Committee to raise awareness about speed on the roads and the rights of all road users including cyclists. There have been five serious accidents in the North Down area alone in the past month with one member of the Curran Racing team still in a serious condition following a collision with a lorry just last week. 

 

Belfast Telegraph Report on the Trial