Torphichen cyclist dies

Tom Anderson - Flakirk cyclist that was killed
Tom Anderson - Flakirk cyclist that was killed

A FATHER-OF-TWO died after falling from his bike at a cycling club outing in Perthshire.

Thomas Anderson (48), below, from 
Torphichen was cycling on a country road between Rotmell and Dunkeld on Saturday when he fell from his bicycle at around 6.45pm.

He was airlifted to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow but later died of his injuries. No other cyclists were involved in the incident which is being investigated by Tayside Police. A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Tom and his wife Katie have been part of Falkirk Bicycle Club for 10 years and the club praised him for inspiring others with his “cheery manner and dedication to his sport.”

A statement from the club said: “Falkirk Bicycle Club regret to have to announce the death of Tom Anderson, club captain and long-term member of the club.

‘‘Tom was a committed family man. He and Katie met through cycling and Tom was a devoted father to his two young daughters.

‘‘His clubmates were always impressed by his knowledge of Scotland’s roads and owe him a great debt for the practical help and inspiration he brought to the club.”

Only a week ago, Tom and Katie organised a charity ride involving 30 club members to raise money for the charity Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (FOCC).

Kenny Turnbull is co-ordinator of the Edinburgh West FOCC group that Tom volunteered for, hosting young Belarussians for one month a year in their home. He said: 
“Katie and Tom were great host parents.

‘‘Tom was always happy to give his time for FOCC. He was quiet, loving, kind and just got on with things.

‘‘He will be missed by the group and his two Belarussian children, whose families have been informed.

‘‘Our thoughts and prayers are with 
Katie and the girls at this sad time.”

His family declined to speak to the
 Journal and Gazette.