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Ghost bike tribute to killed cyclist

The family of Jason MacIntyre marked the first anniversary of his death yesterday by placing a white �ghost bike� near the spot where he was hit by a pick-up truck as he cycled into Fort William.

The family of Jason MacIntyre marked the first anniversary of his death yesterday by placing a white "ghost bike" near the spot where he was hit by a pick-up truck as he cycled into Fort William.

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A triple-British and multi-Scottish champion cyclist, Mr MacIntyre, 34 when he was killed, was recognised as Scotland's best road racer and one of the best in the UK.

He was expected to compete in the Olympics. But instead, in August, his family was in court watching the man who killed him being fined by a sheriff for careless driving.

Yesterday, Jason's father, David MacIntyre, told The Herald: "The year has been very difficult for us all without Jason. The first anniversary of his wedding, family birthdays, the Olympics and Christmas all noted without his presence and in sadness. He is constantly in our thoughts and every day brings a new sadness as memories are rekindled by the smallest action or word. His daughters, Chloe and Morgan, miss their Daddy very much. We talk to them constantly about their dad, but when their emotions overwhelm them their heartbreak is distressing.

"We have placed a ghost bike' near the scene of the incident on the A82 and have laid floral tributes around the bike. Ghost bikes serve as a sombre memorial for cyclists who are killed on the road."

He said a special cycle ride was being held in Fort William tomorrow to mark the anniversary of Jason's death. The event was being organised by Dooleys Racing Team from Paisley and Jason's widow, Caroline.

Mr MacIntyre said he was awaiting the official response from Northern Constabulary to a complaint from the family about the police investigation into Jason's death.

He claims there has been a catalogue of errors in the investigation.

A spokeswoman for Northern Constabulary said: "We had a meeting with the family and a official letter of response will be sent within the next week. While it is true that lessons were learnt from the case, the outcome would not have been any different."

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