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Inquiry begins into cyclist death

BBC: Inquiry begins into cyclist death

Mr MacIntyre died after being hit by a van while cycling in Fort William

A fatal accident inquiry is due to start into the death of champion cyclist Jason MacIntyre.

The road racer, described as one of Scotland's finest cyclists, was hit by a van on the A82 near Fort William in the Highlands in January 2008.

A man was charged with careless driving and fined £500 later that year.

Caroline MacIntyre fought for an FAI into her 34-year-old husband's death, saying the police inquiry raised more questions than it answered.

Mrs MacIntyre, 33, said: "Jason always did everything to the best of his ability and I feel I owe it to him to make sure that everything that could have been done for him was done.

"I feel as though I now have a voice for cyclists, and I am doing this not just for me but in the hope that if someone else suffers a similar loss, they might find it easier to get to the truth because of what I have done."

In January 2008 more than 400 mourners gathered for Mr MacIntyre's funeral, including former world champion cyclist Graham Obree and representatives from Scottish Cycling, the sport's governing body.

MacIntyre broke Scots' cyclist Graham Obree's 10-mile Time Trial record in 2007.

He began professional cycling at the age of 18 and went on to win the Tour of the North in Ireland at 23.

He took two years away from racing to help his wife following the premature birth of his daughters, Chloe and Morgan, now 11, before going on to win 13 Scottish titles and three British Championships.

The athlete was selected to represent Scotland in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and won the British 25-Mile Time Trial twice.