The family of a cyclist killed during a road race in Abergavenny
have paid tribute to him as “the oak tree at the centre of all his friends – tall, strong and dependable”.
Ben Carroll, 26, from Cardiff, was left in a critical condition following a collision with a van on the Old Raglan Road (A40) between Steelhouse Cafe and the Hardwick Roundabout as he took part in the Abergavenny Handicap race for Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club on Tuesday night.
He was was taken to Nevill Hall Hospital with serious head injuries, but died yesterday afternoon.
In a statement released today, Mr Carroll’ s family said: “He always went out of his way for his friends and family.
“Everyone would gather at his base for social events, parties and sports.
“He always strived to be the best at what he loved, be it biking or climbing, lived life to the full and wasn’t afraid to try anything new.”
They described his as a “fantastic” and “caring” son, brother, grandson and friend – “our lovely big boy Ben”.
They added: “[He was] quick witted, sensitive and gentle.
“Ben died doing exactly what he loved and wanted to be doing – racing his his road bike. Wear the yellow jersey for us Ben, you’ll always be our race leader.”
Police are investigating the circumstances of the collision at 8.50pm on Tuesday night, and are asking for anyone with information to contact them on 101 and quote log number 576 9/7/13
Ben’s family have asked to be left to grieve at this time.