Tributes paid to Olympic cyclist

Published Thursday, 16 August 2012
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Former Olympian Billy Kerr, who also represented the region at two Commonwealth Games, has died.

Tributes paid to Olympic cyclist
Mr Kerr was inducted into Ballymena Borough Council's Sporting Hall of Fame. (© Getty)

Mr Kerr, 67, who cycled with Ballymena Road Club, passed away on Tuesday after a short illness.

The Co Antrim club described Mr Kerr as "one of the best cyclists in his day".

He won the Tour of the North in 1978 and 79, as well as the Sealink International Stage Race in England.

Irish Cycling said: "His list of wins is an indication as to the ability of the man. He won Ras Tailteann, the Tour of Ireland, Northern Ireland and All Ireland race championships."

In the race against the clock in one solitary season he won all six time trial championships 25, 50 and 100 miles Northern Ireland and All Ireland competitions.

He will be laid to rest in Ballymena later this week.

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