Cement mixer driver appears in court accused of causing death of Rugby cyclist

Mike Bloom
Mike Bloom

A cement mixer driver has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a 74-year-old cyclist who was a member of the Rugby Racing Cycling Club.

Mike Bloom died six days after his bicycle was involved in a collision with a cement mixer on the A361 at the Aston-Le-Walls crossroads on June 30 last year.

Vincent Taylor, aged 34, of Denford Road, Ringstead, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Magistrates sent the case to Northampton Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing in March.

A spokesperson for Rugby Racing Cycling Club said: “He was 74 and still regularly competing in time trials.

“His wife Marina is well known as a national level long-distance TT rider. They moved into the Daventry area in 2002, having previously been members of Crawley Wheelers. With strong opinions on all matters cycling, he was always there to give help and advice to new members.

“He covered many miles devising new courses and was an approved course measurer. He will be a sad loss to both Rugby RCC and the newly formed Daventry Cycling Club.”