Grief for ‘true talent’ David

David Hitchen from St Helens, who died following a collision while out cycling
David Hitchen from St Helens, who died following a collision while out cycling

The wife of a cyclist from St Helens died in a crash with a motorcyclist has paid a heartbreaking tribute to “a wonderful father and family man”.

David Hitchen, 42, was riding along Rivington Road in the direction of Belmont on September 21 when he is believed to have been in collision with a white and orange Yamaha motorcycle.

His wife, Nicola, said: “David’s thirst for life was clear to all that knew him. Jumping on his bike at an early age he discovered both the camaraderie and solitude that time in the saddle brings.

“David had a true talent and won several races with both national and international fields - riding for the GB team in the late 90s.

“When illness cut his professional cycling career short, David never lost his love for cycling and continued to support, advise and mentor anybody willing to get on a bike. He was renowned for his witty banter and his stories are legendary among the cycling community.

“Many will remember David as a truly loyal friend, a genuinely funny guy and a wonderful father and family man. The world will be a sadder, quieter place without him.”

Police are keen to speak to the rider of a black motorcycle who was in the area.

Sgt Claire Pearson said: “We believe he may have been filming his ride with a head cam, and could hold vital information to help us.”

Witnesses can call Lancashire Police on 101.