Tributes are paid to the ‘colourful’ Dee Valley cyclist

TRIBUTE has been paid to a popular Denbighshire cyclist after his tragic death following a collision.

David Fanning died following a road accident near Corwen on Monday January 31.

The incident happened on the A5 just before the 40mph sign entering Llidiart-y-Parc towards Llangollen.

Despite the best efforts of an off-duty local nurse and local policeman who arrived on the scene within minutes, Mr Fanning was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paying tribute to Mr Fanning, who lived near Corwen, Bala Cycling Club chairman Andrew Roberts said: “One cannot remember every time David was seen cycling on the roads of northern Wales; on the roads to Bala, Corwen or Ruthin, in the pouring rain near Machynlleth or a parade with a number on his cyclist’s shirt while taking part in a cycling time trial or race endurance.

“David J Fanning ate, breathed and slept everything about bikes.”

Mr Roberts added: “In conversation, David was so enthusiastic and passionate about everything, especially the bikes and the latest car he was refurbishing.

“He had strong opinions, but also listened to others’ points of view, with every conversation punctuated by infectious laughter.

“He was a much-loved character, and he brought instant smiles to the people around him.

“The world of cycling will be poorer without him, and as a club we offer our heartfelt condolences to all his friends and family.”

Mr. Fanning had also been a member of the Ruthin Cycling Club.

In their tribute, the club said: “Dave was a member of Ruthin CC as well as other clubs in the area.

“He regularly raced cycling time trials in the Vale of Clwyd, Conwy, Shropshire, Cheshire and Lancashire.

“His bikes were old and traditional and fitted with parts he made himself – including a wooden saddle.

“He was an isolated case who rode his bike everywhere as the bike was his only means of transportation. Sometimes he would arrive at events with extra ‘racing’ wheels attached to his bike.

“He was always happy and outgoing and loved helping other riders. He was very friendly and had a loud, infectious laugh.

“The local cycling community will miss his colorful personality for a long time.”

Sergeant Raymond Williams said: “We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this man.

“Our investigation is ongoing and I would like to thank everyone who has contacted us so far.

“However, we continue to appeal to anyone who may have been traveling along the A5 at the time of the collision and who may have dash cam footage to contact us.

“I believe the cyclist had left Corwen and was driving along the A5 towards the scene of the collision.”

Anyone with information that could help the ongoing investigation is asked to contact officers at the Roads Policing Unit via the website or by calling 101, quoting reference number 22000075053.

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