Velopark tribute to 'Mr Cycling' Ken Robertson

Torbay Weekly

Cyclists from across the South-West are planning a grand send-off for the late Ken Robertson, whose funeral will be held at Torquay Crematorium on Wednesday, January 12.

The popular former chairman and vice-president of the Mid-Devon CC - he was also one of the best known event organisers in the UK, founder of the 4,000-rider Dartmoor Classic and chairman of the Paignton Regatta committee among his many other commitments - died just before Christmas at the age of 85.

He suffered a heart attack while cycling to meet one of the three rides which he still led each week, and died in Torbay Hospital 24 hours later.

Although his funeral will be restricted to family for Covid-19 reasons, a separate ceremony is due to be held beforehand at Paignton's Torbay Velopark.

Hundreds of Robertson's friends and clubmates are expected to gather there at 9.30am for a circuit of the track behind his hearse.

There are also plans to Zoom the service to a local pub, to be confirmed via the MDCC website, and to people at home and abroad who are expected to follow it privately.

Tributes have continued to flow in from the many people whom Robertson inspired to take up cycling over nearly 70 years in which he was involved in the sport.

The Mid-Devon club committee will also meet next week to discuss a range of options for a permanent memorial to the man who had become known as the South-West's 'Mr Cycling'.