BREAKING NEWS: Cyclists pay final respects to Don Lock

SCORES of cyclists have this afternoon (August 12) started their journey to the funeral of Don Lock who was stabbed to death last month.

Wednesday, 12th August 2015, 2:51 pm
Cyclists set off on their tribute ride for Don Lock, 79 SUS-151208-143734001

The band of mourners, mostly made up of members of Mr Lock’s own cycling club, Worthing Excelsior, set off on their solemn procession from Broadwater Green, in Broadwater, to Worthing Crematorium.

Well-wishers lined the streets to cheer on the cyclists as they set off on the tribute ride just minutes ago.

Mr Lock was killed on July 16, when he was stabbed following an alleged road-rage incident on the A24 in Findon.

Cyclists gathering SUS-151208-142018001

Paul West, 55, travelled all the way from Manchester to join the procession. He was introduced to cycling by Don in 1973 when he lived in Steyning.

Mr West said he had been in a state of shock and disbelief when he heard the news. Speaking of today’s gathering, he added: “It recognises what a good guy he was and how appreciated he was as a person as well as a cyclist.”

Since his death, hundreds of people have taken to social media to pay their respects to a ‘much-loved’ and ‘irreplaceable’ 79-year-old.

The great-grandfather belonged to Worthing Excelsior for more than 50 years and holds the club record for a 24 hour time trial – having ridden 428.54 miles.

Paul West, 55 SUS-151208-142048001

A statement issued by the club yesterday evening said: “Just four weeks on, Don’s loss is felt as strongly as ever, as the club struggles to come to terms with what has happened.

“Don had touched upon so many lives and in such a positive way. There has been a huge outpouring of support and sympathy from within the cycling community and beyond.

“His death is an irreplaceable loss to the club and to those who know him. Our thoughts are with the family and the club continues to provide whatever support it can at this difficult time.”

Other cycling clubs to have joined in today’s commemoration to Mr Lock include the members of the Sussex Nomads, Eastbourne Rovers, and Lewes Wanderers.

Conrad Cornelius, Eric Baker and Peter Weston paying their respects SUS-151208-142035001

The impact of Don’s untimely death has been felt far and wide. Sir David Brailsford, general manager of Team Sky, sent flowers to Don’s family in the team’s colours, as a mark of respect; and fans at Brighton & Hove Albion’s opening game of the season broke out in a round of applause in the 79th minute, in tribute to Don.

More updates to follow.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage

2) Like our Facebook page

3) Follow us on Twitter

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

Always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.