RideLondon cyclist dies during 100-mile bike ride


A cancer survivor has died during the RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle event.

Robin Chard, 48, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, who was raising money for Cancer Research UK, suffered a cardiac arrest at Kingston Bridge at around the 25-mile mark of the 100-mile ride. He received immediate treatment from fellow riders and medical personnel at the scene, but died later in Kingston Hospital.

Chard lost both his father, Edwin, and stepfather, Bert, to lung cancer. His mother-in-law, Sheila, also died from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He had overcome the cancer Hodgkin Lymphoma in childhood.

Robin Chard's just giving page (Robin Chard/JustGiving/PA)
(Robin Chard/JustGiving/PA)

His wife Vickie said: "Robin was doing something he loved to raise money for Cancer Research UK, a cause that was very important to him after losing his father, his mother's partner and my mother to cancer.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has helped and supported Robin and me, especially the event stewards, the event team and the amazing staff at Kingston Hospital."

Organisers said 33 riders out of over 29,000 were taken to hospital during the event. Seven were still being treated on Monday with three in a serious condition.

Chard's JustGiving page showed he had raised more than £1,400 - well above his £400 target - and some of his family have been paying tribute to him on Facebook.