Marshal killed in motorbike crash during Road Racing League event at Lamberhurst
Kent Police traffic officers
A safety marshal has been killed in a crash during a road race for dozens of cyclists in Lamberhurst.
The 55-year-old motorcyclist was an official for the regional Road Racing League event involving more than 60 bikers.
He suffered serious injuries in a crash with a car in Furnace Lane, Hook Green, at around 10.40am yesterday.
The man was pronounded dead at the scene, near the Elephant's Head pub.
British Cycling said the tragedy involving the National Escort Group motorcyclist happened on the first day of the South East Road Race League three-day event.
The race was stopped and racing has been cancelled for the rest of the weekend.
"This is a tragedy which will sadden everyone associated with road racing in this country..." - British Cycling president Brian Cookson
British Cycling president Brian Cookson said: "This is a tragedy which will sadden everyone associated with road racing in this country.
"My thoughts and those of everyone at British Cycling are with the friends and family of the NEG rider."
Next of kin for the motoryclist - from Surbiton, south London - have been told, but he has not been formally identified.
Witnesses who have not yet spoken to Kent Police are urged to phone the Serious Collision Unit on 01622 798538.
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