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Olympic gold medallist campaigning for safer bike routes after mum's death

Olympic gold medallist and cycling campaigner Chris Boardman has described his mother's death while cycling as a 'horrible irony'.

Chris is actively involved with encouraging more people to cycle in Britain and use safe cycle routes.

But his family have been trying to come to terms with their own cycling tragedy when his mother was involved in a fatal collision with a truck.

Chris (right) with his mum Carol out cycling. Credit: Family photo

Chris won Great Britain's first cycling gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic's back in 1992 and has worn the famous yellow jersey three times.

In 1992 the former racing cyclist was awarded an MBE for services to cycling. Credit: PA Images

Since retiring from professional cycling, he has continued to campaign to make cycling more acceptable to everyone using the roads in the UK.

He told ITV News Central about his mother’s enthusiasm for using a bike for everyday uses and that cycling fatalities are still very rare.

Chris was speaking to us following the news that the West Midlands has become the toughest place in the country for drivers who don't leave enough room for cyclists.

Today police were carrying our stings on motorists in Birmingham who broke the law while overtaking an undercover police officer on a bike.

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