Organizers of Ireland’s Wicklow 200 cyclosportive announced that a participant crashed during the 39th edition on 12 June and passed away due to serious head injuries.

Pat Kelly, 62, was involved in a multi-bike accident on Sunday, resulting in his head hitting the pavement hard. Although he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, rushed to hospital immediately and then transferred to a special brain injury unit, Kelly never regained consciousness and died despite doctors best efforts.

He was a passionate cyclist and renowned solicitor who had just retired and planned to spend more time cycling, including riding in his 14th Wicklow 200 on Sunday.

“Pat Kelly retired on March 31…He was as happy as we have ever seen him in his retirement,” Barrister Richard McConkey told the Belfast Telegraph.

On the sad news Gary Lyons said of his friend on social media, ”Pat was one of life’s true gentlemen. Always with a ready smile and great sense of humour. I will miss him terribly. RIP Pat.”

More than 3000 cyclists took part in the Wicklow 200, a cycling sportive that includes over 3000 meters of climbing in the iconic Wicklow Mountains and is one of the most arduous cycling events in the British Isles.

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