Tribute to David Rendell

8-7-2008: THE police have released the details of the 23-year-old cyclist who tragically died on Sunday.David Rendell, of Cyprus Road, Exmouth, who was riding on the A379 Exminster to Dawlish Road, died shortly after arriving at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

8-7-2008: THE police have released the details of the 23-year-old cyclist who tragically died on Sunday.

David Rendell, of Cyprus Road, Exmouth, who was riding on the A379 Exminster to Dawlish Road, died shortly after arriving at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital after a serious collision with a Rover MGF car.

The incident happened at 11.40am and the police are still appealing for anyone with information about the accident to contact them on 08452 777444, quoting log number 426 of July 6 2008.

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Dearest David, even though we only knew you for a few months, we will always remember you. You are a good, strong rider, and we hope the roads are quieter where ever you are now. Love and peace,

Emily and Jamie x x

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I didn't know David's name but recognised his picture and had seen him on his bike. My heartfelt condolences go to his family at this sad time.

Gail

Having recently joined CS Dynamo I enjoyed David's company on several rides. He will be greatly missed.

Steve

I had not known David for long, but it is clear from the limited time we had spent riding the bike that he was a pleasant chap with great enthusiasm for his sport. I'm saddened to hear of the tragic events that have taken his life and would like to express my deepest sympathy to his friends and family. He will be missed by us all.

Nigel Orpin

David was an excellent rider. His strong ability to go very long distances, with no physical problems, was brilliant. I have ridden with David a number of times, not only together but the odd times with CS Dynamo. Back in Autumn last year he had another accident when riding his Bianchi via nirone, which he loved riding. He made a swift recovery and was back on his bike in February, it didn't phase him at all. A couple of months ago he got his new Trek Modone and was telling us how good it is, how he loved being out on it, how fast it was. He would sometimes try to race me (normally wearing a Team GB cycling kit) and my wilier time-trial bike. He did manage to outdo me a couple of times, but I always got one back on him! Only a couple of weeks ago he took part in the Force Cancer Charity Cycle Centry Challenge and took part in the 100 mile event. Those of you who were out riding the course that day may remember him, as he was wearing his normal Royal Navy Cycling Club jersey in which he was part of. We'd stopped at the 80 mile break stop and had a brief chat with him then. However he didn't stay for long as he was eager to finish.

One thing is for sure, he was a caring and sound person who enjoyed cycling and died doing something he loved doing. I'll never forget that. How he died is something we all want to forget and just remember the good times. My heart goes out to all his family. I know he's probably smiling down at us, urging us to carry on, because that's what he did best. He'd come off and get back on again and never gave up. He's probably up there now riding the heavens, having the best time he could ever hope for. Rest in peace David.

Adrian Richmond

My wife and I would like to express our sincere sympathy and love, to all dear David's family and friends. We have known David for many years and seen him grow up from a little boy to a young man, helping his Grandfather in his garden, cutting the lawn and weeding etc, and informing us over the fence of his schooling progress, interests with the computer, and his love for his special bike which was keeping him fit ready for his wish to join the Royal Marines. He was growing up to be such a wonderful, good young man, and will be sadly missed by all those who loved him, and whoever came in contact with him. God bless you David, you will always be remembered.

Dee and Tony xx

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